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Understanding the nature of “caring” is vital to the success of “building-relationships”. As a former lecturer, I would often hear students talking about wanting to “make a difference” to people’s lives through nursing. That’s a laudable sentiment but it’s not as simple as it first seems. If that “make-a-difference caring” takes on aspects of “rescuing”, then it becomes a less- than-healthy approach for the recipients of the nurse’s care. Certainly, rescuing is necessary in acute situations, but being a “rescuer” in the more subtle dynamics of human interactions is undesirable and has longer-term conse- quences. Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle (DT) is a psychological and social model of human interaction involving a rescuer/persecutor and victim (see figure 1). This tool is used in trans- actional analysis theories. 3 The rescuer may be Do not take over unless asked (and they want to). Do not do more than their share. Do not do things they do not want to do. Listening and self-awareness are the caring person’s best tools/skills. This leaves the desired space for the vulnerable person to develop their own problem-solving and self-awareness skills. Exploring self-help initiatives is vital to suc- cessful problem-solving and in managing one’s health/life better. The third position described in the WT is “assertive” (in contrast to “persecutor” in the DT). 5 Assertive people: Ask for what they want. Say no to what they don’t want.
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  • Spring '13
  • Newman
  • Transactional analysis, Kai Tiaki Nursing, Karpman drama triangle, Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, tiaki nursing new, nursing new zealand

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