I am going to discuss how communication skills contribute to making nursing, good nursing and making good nurses. I will talk about the different aspects and features of communication, I will also discuss the nurse – patient relationship and what it is and why it is important and I will the discuss what I could improve on clinical practice in relation to communication skills.
‘The use of clinical judgement in the provision of care to enable people to improve, maintain, or recover health, to cope with health problems, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever their disease or disability, until death. (RCN)
I consider there are certain characteristics of being a worthy nurse; some of the selected characteristics I think are essential are communication skills, it is important to have suitable communication skills because ‘poor communication can even be dangerous as misunderstandings and people getting their wires crossed can lead to misdiagnosis and even medication errors’ (nursing times). They also need to be reliable active listener, and a trustworthy person to communicate with. I also believe you have to go the extra mile with your patients, this can be done by taking the time to get to know them and their families, it will make the patient and their families feel a bit more at ease.
These Characteristics are important to me, as I am training to be a student nurse. I will be taking into account all of the above characteristics to make sure patients have the best experience in the hospital and also in my care.
While researching and reading through books and journals I have discovered three nursing models which have discussed about the role of the nurse and what they think a nurses characteristics should have. The first nursing model I have discovered were Roper, Logan and Tierney’s activities of living model of nursing (1980). ‘A Nurse may be independent when as an indepdent practitioner, she comforts the patient’. I feel this is a worthy point because a nurse should be concentrating on the patients been the first priority of their care, nurses should make sure patients and families have the upmost amount of comfort whilst they are in their care. The nurses do not need a team to care, it is an independent role.