Sometimes communication barriers cannot be broken until the patient, the family, and the nurse find a common ground together.
Sometimes the best answer to a patient's question is quiet support. Can you recognize when no words are needed?
Have you had a patient or family of a patient who seem to know the diagnosis and prognosis, yet they react as if they do not completely understand? How do you handle a situation like that?
How do you handle work-related grief? Can you leave it at work, or do you take it home with you? What support is the most helpful to you when a patient dies?
Some patients seem to circumnavigate their way to an answer to your questions. Ann Brady explains why you should WAIT it out instead of pushing the patient toward a quick answer.
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.
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