Building a Health HistoryINITIAL POST:Pre-School Age White FemaleAs an advanced practice nurse (APN) it is crucial to obtain a thorough patient health history to assist with proper diagnosis and treatment of the patient. Building a rapport with the patient requires good communication, as well as good listening skills. Being cognizant of the patient’s age, gender, ethnicity, or the environmental setting in which they live is important information for the APN to assess potential health risks. The initial interview with a patient can provide a vast amount of knowledge about the patient. Interview and Communication TechniquesBall, Dains, Flynn, Solomon, & Stewart (2015) point out that effective communication with the patient can be accomplished with being courteous, ensuring or providing comfort, making a connection, and confirming an understanding of what has transpired during the patient visit. A good start to the interview process and obtaining a health history should include the APN knocking before entering the room, introducing themselves, making eye contact, addressing the patient by name, and acknowledging other people that have accompanied the patient. (Ball et al, 2015). Listening skills are important to the
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