Communication Challenges

The Bounty of Failure: A Well-Versed Nursing Experience

The Bounty of Failure: A Well-Versed Nursing Experience

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How long were you a nurse before you felt competent? Reflections on creating an atmosphere of learning and growing from our own mistakes.

When Words Soothe but Actions Frazzle: Keeping Your Patient Communications Consistent

When Words Soothe but Actions Frazzle: Keeping Your Patient Communications Consistent

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At what point is attentiveness being too nice? Ann Brady discusses how her words followed the patient's wishes, but her actions prompted an unexpected question.

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

What Does It Take to Make a Miracle Happen?

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Reflecting on the 2 meanings of this simple word helps explain the nuances of communicating with cancer patients and their families at pivotal points of care.

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

To What End? Helping Patients and Families Face a Juncture in the Cancer Care Continuum

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Are the difficult questions easier to answer when the patient still has treatment options available? Ann Brady talks about helping patients and families navigate the changes in disease and care.

Helping Families Cope With Cancer-related Anorexia and Cachexia

Helping Families Cope With Cancer-related Anorexia and Cachexia

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Loss of appetite and not eating are difficult aspects of cancer for patients' loved ones to understand. Continued and diligent nurse education can help both patients and families cope with this disturbing effect.

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

Pain Management: Listen to and Learn From Your Patient

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Providing your patient with the opportunity to tell his or her story helps to ensure that the goals of treatment are defined and met.

They Asked You: Conversations at the Cancer Patient's Bedside

They Asked You: Conversations at the Cancer Patient's Bedside

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Patients' constant proximity to nurses gives them opportunities and the ease of familiarity to ask difficult questions. When answering, nurses should remember that part of the answer is the patient's choice of who to ask.

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