The Reflection Of Nurse-Patient Communication In Nursing

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This week for clinical I was able to work with a patient who was non-ambulatory as well as nonverbal. I found this to be an eye opening experience because I had not worked with a patient who could not verbally communicate back to me. This gave me a new perspective in regards to both caring for patient and communication techniques used with nonverbal patients. I found that this clinical for this week was an amazing experience. Prior to meeting my patient I had been very nervous about coming into clinical because I found out he was non-verbal as well as non-ambulatory. I was scared because I did not know how I would apply all of my knowledge and skills to a patient who cannot communicate back to me. My clinical instructor …show more content…
They found that there was a lack of consistency or accuracy from the nurse’s ability to interpret nonverbal communication. (Happ & Garrett, 2011). “Nurses admit to becoming frustrated, giving up, and avoiding contact with patients with whom communication is difficult” (Happ & Garret, 2011, p.10). When comparing my situation to the situation the nurses face in this article I can relate to the feeling of frustration. From my situation I found that it took me a lot longer to some of the care that was required because since my patient was non-verbal I felt like I need to make sure all the care I could give was given because he could not communicate to me what he wanted. Since I had only one patient though I could spend as much time I needed attending to him. However if I was in a real situation and had multiple patients I could understand wanting to avoid the patients whom are difficult to communicate with because that could be time consuming and could affect the time need for looking after other …show more content…
I was able to do one on one care with my patient and do a full head to toe assessment, but I was also able to see an EEG scan preformed. I felt that everything went a lot smoother in regards to how I was able to interact with my patient than I had expected. I felt like this was a totally new experiences for me, because even while doing placement in long term care all of the patients I assisted with were able to verbal talk to me as well as do some self-care on their own. This was the first time where I had a patient solely dependent on

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