INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: Three keys to communication

October 2004 
Volume 34  Number 10
Pages 12 - 12
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(10)             October 2004             p 12 Three keys to communication [INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT]


I'm returning to nursing after 6 years raising a family. I don't want to specialize in hospice, but I've never shied away from talking with patients who are terminally ill. I just want to make sure I'm doing it the right way. How can I help patients feel comfortable with me? —P.O., PA.

Many nurses have been warned against getting emotionally involved, but I believe that getting involved is what happens when you genuinely care about your patients. I know that the patients with whom I've become the most involved are the ones with whom I've felt the greatest reward.

Good communication has three components: a desire to communicate, openness to suspend judgment, ...

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