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Basic Nursing: Foundations of Skills & Concepts Chapter 8 COMMUNICATION.

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1 Basic Nursing: Foundations of Skills & Concepts Chapter 8 COMMUNICATION

2 Communication The sending and receiving of a message.

3 Aspects of Communication (i) Sender - the one who conveys the message to another person. Message - the thought, idea, or emotion conveyed. Channel - how the message is sent.

4 Aspects of Communication (ii) Receiver - physiological/ psychological components. Feedback - the receiver’s response to the sender. Influences - Culture, education, emotions and other factors involved.

5 Methods of Communication Verbal - Speaking, Listening, Writing, Reading. Nonverbal - Gestures, Facial Expressions, Posture and Gait, Tone of Voice, Touch, Eye Contact, Body Position, Physical Appearance.

6 Influences on Communication Age Education Emotions Culture Language Attention Surroundings

7 Congruency of Messages  Verbal and nonverbal communication must be congruent, or in agreement.

8 Listening and Observing  Listening and observing are two of the most valuable skills a nurse can have.  These two skills are used to gather the subjective and objective data for the nursing assessment.

9 Active Listening  The process of hearing spoken words and noting nonverbal behavior.  Active listening takes energy and concentration.

10 Therapeutic Communication  Sometimes called effective communication, it is purposeful and goal-oriented, creating a beneficial outcome for the client.

11 Goals of Therapeutic Communication To obtain or provide information To develop trust To show caring To explore feelings

12 Enhancing Communication Self-Disclosure. Caring. Genuineness. Warmth. Active Listening. Empathy (the capacity to understand another’s feelings). Acceptance and respect.

13 Communication Techniques Clarifying/validating. Asking open questions. Using indirect statements. Reflecting. Paraphrasing. Summarizing. Focusing. Silence.

14 Barriers Communication Some barriers include: Closed questions. False reassurance. Judgmental responses. Defensive reflex. Agreeing/Disagreeing or Approving/ Disapproving. Giving advice. Requesting an explanation. Changing the subject.

15 Psychosocial Aspects of Communication Style. Gestures. Meaning of time. Meaning of space. Cultural values. Political correctness.

16 Style Three types of style:  Passive - apologetic, weak, makes little eye contact, often fidgety.  Aggressive - haughty, angry, demanding, shows no concern for anyone else’s feelings  Assertive - honest, direct, firm, makes eye contact, confident, respectful of others.

17 Gestures  Movements of the hands and arms.  Nurses must be sensitive to cultural variances with regard to gestures.

18 Meaning of Time  In the U.S., great emphasis is placed on time and schedules. Being on time is very important.  In other cultures, such emphasis is not placed on time.

19 Meaning of Space  Human beings all observe rules around comfort zones—the distance observed between two people. Such comfort zones include: Intimate: touch to 18 inches Personal: 18 inches to 4 feet Social: 4 feet to 12 feet Public: 12 feet or more

20 Cultural Values A nurse should be familiar with the cultural values of the people in the nurse’s region of employment. A nurse needs to be aware of those times when her values differ from the values of the dominant culture.

21 Political Correctness To be politically correct in communication means to use language sensitive to those who are different from oneself.

22 Nurse-Client Communication Almost every nurse-client interaction should involve therapeutic communication. Nurse-client communication is influenced by both the nurse and the client.

23 Three Phases of Nurse-Client Communication Introduction: Fairly short; expectations clarified; mutual goals set Working: Major portion of the interaction; used to accomplish goals outlined in introduction; feedback from client essential. Termination: Nurse asks if client has questions; summarizing the topic is another way to indicate closure.

24 Determinant Factors in Communication A nurse’s communication is affected by: Past Experience State of Health Home Situation Workload Staff Relations Self-Awareness

25 Determinant Factors in Communication A client’s communication is affected by: Social Factors Religion Family Situation Level of Consciousness Stage of Illness Visual, Hearing and Speech Ability Language Proficiency

26 Communication within the Health Care Team  Providing care is a team effort.  To ensure efficiency and effectiveness, effective communication is necessary.  This communication may be oral or written.

27 The Nurse’s Ways of Communication Oral Written Self-Reflection

28 Oral Communication Nurses communicate within many different relationships, each with their own rules. Nurse-Nurse Nurse-Nursing Assistant Nurse-Student Nurse Nurse-Physician Nurse-Other Health Professionals Group Communication (I.e. client-care conferences)

29 Written Communication Nurses’ communications are often written: On charts Requisitions for x-rays and other tests and services Electronic communications, via computer Telemedicine: the use of communications technology to transmit health information from one location to another.

30 Self-Reflection Nurses often engage in internal dialogue: Positive self-talk: Saying positive thoughts aloud; thinking, saying and hearing positive statements about yourself Negative self-talk: Self-destructive. Your self-image is lowered by your own criticism.

31 Communicating With Yourself Positive self-talk: Saying positive thoughts aloud; thinking, saying and hearing positive statements about yourself Negative self-talk: Self-destructive. Your self-image is lowered by your own criticism.

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