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This is a beautiful response to all who say, “But we already do this” or “I don’t have time.” Thank you, each one of you, who see your patient not as a broken body but as a full human being who needs you. Thank you for your knowledge and understanding about what it means to be wounded on the inside as well as the outside. Thank you, all of you, who are the nurse in this story.
With appreciation to Hearts in Healthcare for sharing this clip.
A fundamental principle for therapeutic connection is to continuously listen and learn from our patients. Read these words of wisdom: 10 Things Elderly Patients Want Nurses to Know
For the full article by Cynthia Howard, RN, CNC, Phd, click here.
This article on respect—what it is and what it is not—came to my attention a few days ago, and I think it supports the practices of the therapeutic relationship beautifully:
- Respect is tuning in to the other. It’s meeting the person exactly where he or she is.
- Respect is being open, and it’s about wondering about what matters to the person.
- Respect means following and listening to what the person is saying.
- Respect means speaking to and about the person with regard.
I love the reflective questions in this article by JoAnna Brandis, and I recommend it for discussion at your next team meeting. Click here for the full article.
~ Mary Koloroutis