Transitions from one stage of cancer care to another are pivotal points of vulnerability for patients. The most significant point comes at the end of treatment, as patients face life forever changed.
The author learned to fully appreciate the significance of inflection and tone, hallmarks of spoken communication, when she faced a new challenge: counseling a deaf patient and his wife, who also is deaf.
A question posed at a recent conference prompts a self-examination of how unintentionally—and easily—bias can impact the care nurses provide.
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?
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