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Keywords

communication skills, nurse-patient relationship, nursing, trust

 

Authors

  1. Shanahan, Tonya
  2. Cunningham, Jill

Abstract

ABSTRACT: A focal point for nurses and nurse practitioners is developing trust within the nurse-patient relationship. A stable foundation of trust between patient and nurse can diminish patients' mistrust of the healthcare system while engaging patients in their own care and improving health outcomes. Trust can be fostered through active listening as well as strengthening verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Biblical elements that undergird a trusting and honest nurse-patient relationship are described along with a patient narrative with some strategies for nursing implementation.