I want to thank everyone who responded to my post about how to be a good communicator. I may still be a little shy but I do know how to open up and being shy after all these years have put me in more of a listener type position because I am usually a listener and I do really well with that. All my friends keep saying that I am the only one that they can call when they REALLY need someone who will listen to them. All though there have been many times that I have doubted that and felt they were just saying that. I believe it is true.
I am pretty comfortable around people and I am just at the point where I see nurses and other nursing students being able to strike up converstations with their patients and I don't know when it is approriate and when it is not approriate to do that. Should I just let watch the patient and take their lead? I think that is what I should do after I introduced myself and explain what I am going to do, if they have any concerns or questions or ask if they need any thing.