Nursing

Competency

Apply therapeutic communication to holistic nursing actions.

Scenario

Suppose that you were provided a scholarship to attend the National Holistic Nursing Conference. During this conference, you participated in a workshop that introduced the therapeutic communication techniques listed below and discussed how to apply them in nursing practice:

  • Setting an intention
  • Centering
  • Grounding
  • Caring
  • Healing
  • Transcendent presence
  • Intuition

When concluding the day’s activities, the presenters asked you to reflect on the professional experiences you have had with patients and to document that reflection in a one-to-two page journal entry.

Instructions

Write a one to two page journal entry that addresses the following:

  1. Using your own words, define therapeutic communication in relationship-centered, holistic nursing care.
  2. Describe at least one nurse-patient encounter where you could apply effective therapeutic communication skills in your role as a student nurse. Identify which of the therapeutic communication techniques you would use and explain how you would employ them.
  3. Describe at least one nurse-patient encounter where you could have communicated more effectively in your role as a student nurse through the application of therapeutic communication techniques. Identify which of the therapeutic communication techniques you would use and explain how you would employ them.
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