Nurse-patient Communication

Beware Abbreviated Explanations That May Undermine Your Meaning, Patients' Understanding

Beware Abbreviated Explanations That May Undermine Your Meaning, Patients' Understanding

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Have you ever thought about what is meant — or understood — when you say to a patient "It's going to be okay"? Hearing an exchange between her grandson and a pediatric nurse prompted Ann Brady to reflect on abbreviated communications.

The Nurse as Patient Advocate: What I Did When My Patient Had No Clothes

The Nurse as Patient Advocate: What I Did When My Patient Had No Clothes

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Patient advocacy can lead nurses to take on great challenges in the course of caring for their patients or to brave the elements to retrieve replacements for a patient's missing clothes.

Difficult Conversations: The Role of Nurse Navigator

Difficult Conversations: The Role of Nurse Navigator

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Suggestions for communication points that improve the experience of patients with cancer through nurse navigation were presented at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

Building a Navigation Program: A Review of the Key Components

Building a Navigation Program: A Review of the Key Components

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A discussion and review of how to develop a successful nurse or patient navigation program is presented at the 2018 ONA Navigation Summit.

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

From Disparities to Disclosure: A Discussion on Lesbians and Breast Cancer

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Marissa Fors, director of CancerCare's Susan G. Komen® Breast Care Helpline, talked with Dr Penelope Damaskos, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, about breast cancer risk and related challenges for women who identify as lesbian and their healthcare providers.

Unprotected Sex After Chemotherapy

Unprotected Sex After Chemotherapy

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How long after receiving chemotherapy should patients wait to have unprotected sex?

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

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Overwhelmed by her poor prognosis, a patient with a newly diagnosed advanced cancer cuts off communicating with her health care team.

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

Navigating the Transition From Treatment to Breast Cancer Survivor

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The transition from active treatment to survivorship for patients with breast cancer can be as complex as the disease. An oncology social worker discusses the challenges of this "new unknown" in the continuum of care.

Communication Technology Improves Treatment Burden, Patient Perspective of Oncology Care

Communication Technology Improves Treatment Burden, Patient Perspective of Oncology Care

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Communication technology improves treatment burden, patient perspectives on oncology care.

Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers

Tips for Culturally Sensitive Communications With Hispanic Patients and Caregivers

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Culturally sensitive communications with Hispanic patients can help them understand their cancer diagnosis and treatment options.

Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey

Dating Challenges Throughout the Cancer Journey

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The decision to resume or begin dating after a cancer diagnosis can be particularly stressful.

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

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Social media has become a mainstay of day-to-day life. For patients with cancer, it can be a lifeline to unprecedented support that is unique to their needs.

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.

Confirmation bias: Managing patient denial and disbelief

Confirmation bias: Managing patient denial and disbelief

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If it sounds like denial, it is denial. Right? This patient's preconceived notion of what lung cancer should be appeared to hinder her accepting her diagnosis. But she agreed to treatment, so is it still denial?

Patient education with subtitles

Patient education with subtitles

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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.

Closing the empathy gap in your nursing practice

Closing the empathy gap in your nursing practice

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A question posed at a recent conference prompts a self-examination of how unintentionally—and easily—bias can impact the care nurses provide.

Nurse-patient communication: Speaking without words

Nurse-patient communication: Speaking without words

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Sometimes communication barriers cannot be broken until the patient, the family, and the nurse find a common ground together.

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

For pediatric patients with advanced cancer, parent-provider concordance is poor regarding prognosis and goals of care, according to a study.

Answering the unanswerable

Answering the unanswerable

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Sometimes the best answer to a patient's question is quiet support. Can you recognize when no words are needed?

How men used humor to cope with the devastating physical consequences of penile cancer

How men used humor to cope with the devastating physical consequences of penile cancer

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Despite the seriousness of cancer, patients may use humor as part of their coping armamentarium. They may also appreciate when their health care team does, too, as these researchers found.

The waiting game

The waiting game

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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.

Skills training doesn't impact communication quality

Skills training doesn't impact communication quality

Trainee intervention doesn't improve communication or end-of-life care, and patient depression actually ranked higher in instances when such an intervention was given.

What I did not say: Patient communication challenges

What I did not say: Patient communication challenges

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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.

Easing patients' transition to survivorship

Easing patients' transition to survivorship

Survivorship plans should be based on patients' answers to these basic questions about their goals and wishes after treatment ends.

Working through all the cancer diagnosis 'what if's

Working through all the cancer diagnosis 'what if's

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A positive attitude can help patients cope in difficult situations. But what can nurses do when positivity is used to cloud reality?

Phone calls improve health behaviors in colorectal cancer survivors

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A telephone-delivered program, CanChange, helped survivors of colorectal cancer be more physically active, maintain their body weight, and have a healthier diet, according to a new study.

How to maintain nutritional status during cancer therapy

This primer on diet and nutrition focuses on counseling patients on how, what, and when to eat to maintain their weight and nutritional status.

How to have a comfortable discussion on sexuality

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Do you squirm when patients ask about the affects of cancer on their sexuality? A therapist explains how to talk with cancer patients about sexuality.

Survivorship care planning

Survivorship care planning

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Do nurses participate in survivorship care planning?

Patient binders: Creating a tool that helps patients and nurses

Patient binders: Creating a tool that helps patients and nurses

A survey of information needs helped this oncology unit create a teaching tool that helped to educate the nurses as well as their patients.

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