How patients' fears manifest in communications can frustrate nurses. The best response may be a simple question that allows the person to voice their concerns.
A positive attitude can help patients cope in difficult situations. But what can nurses do when positivity is used to cloud reality?
Have you ever recognized your own behavior in a caregiver's actions? What do you do to apply professional lessons from personal experiences?
The end of cancer treatment is a turning point for patients. Some may embrace the change in their perspective on life, but some feel a sense of loss of their former selves and need help accepting who they are now.
"That's not what I said." Nurses need to be attentive to the signs of how a patient understands what they are told.
As a nurse, what do you do when you have no things you can do to help your patient? Ann Brady reflects on a patient who just needed her to stand there and do nothing.
We care for patients by helping fix what is bothering them. But is denial really a problem that needs fixing?
I knew Sam's joking was not a sign of joy or happiness but his way of coping, maybe the only way he knew how.
As a patient reveals a difficult past and a wished-for possibility, her nurse ponders the struggle to find the right words to say in a delicate situation.
The patient appeared to deny the inevitable course of his disease, and the nurse could only wait for him to reach his point of acceptance.
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