There are many different attributes which are required in the role of the registered nurse. These attributes help registered nurses with different aspects of client care, from explaining a treatment to the client, to supporting the family of a client with chronic illness. The attributes are an integral aspect of creating and maintaining therapeutic relationships with clients and their family (Day, Levett-Jones & Kenny 2012). The age of the clients has an impact on the way the nurse would interact with that client, hence it effects which attributes are more important to use. When caring for children it is particularly important to use the following attributes: effective communication techniques, advocating for the client when their rights
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The communication techniques allow the registered nurse to provide regular updates on the child’s progress to the parents, which helps to maintain the therapeutic relationship with the parents. Appropriate use of the communication techniques can help the client and their family as the registered nurse can answer any queries the client or their family has, which can help to ease their concerns (Docherty et al. 2009). Using the appropriate communication techniques allows the registered nurse to educate the client and their parents on the client’s illness, which enables the parents to better advocate for their child. Additionally, it gives the parents an understanding of the symptoms they can expect to see or the symptoms which indicate an adverse drug reaction (Panicker 2013).
Effective communication techniques are particularly important in allowing the registered nurse to be able to empathise with the child and their family. The registered nurse can gain an insight into how both the client and their families are feeling, through using the appropriate communication method. This insight allows the registered nurse to determine the best method of helping and supporting the parents, which enables the parents to better support their child through the illness (Sanjari et al.