Mental Health Process Recording Guidelines & Assignment Form-1.docx

Mental Health Process Recording Guidelines & Assignment Form-1.docx

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NUR 172 Psych/Behavioral Health Process Recording THERAPEUTIC COMMUNICATION Communicating effectively is a special skill that needs to be practiced. “Effective communication techniques can be a dynamic tool in working with people in any setting” (Varcarolis & Halter, 2009). Communication “techniques” are neither “right” nor “wrong,” what they do is either “enhance” or “block” communication. As nurses, we want to enhance communication with our clients. The applications of techniques that enhance communication are skills that are not only beneficial in the clinical setting but may also enhance your interactions in general. Practice these skills as often as possible, in any setting, not just in clinical. At your clinical sites, take the opportunity to spend as much time as possible interacting with the clients. Although the clinical tasks you do are important, your client is a physical, emotional, psychiatric, spiritual, and social human being and the care you give should be holistic. Therapeutic communication shows caring and caring builds trust with the other individuals. In order to maintain therapeutic communication, it is also important for the RN to be aware of his or her own feelings and reactions to interactions with the client.
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