I am a senior nursing student and I feel my communication skills with patients are horrible.
Not intentionally. I feel my school do enough in communication skills. I don't know about other nursing schools but I feel my should improve. I have already made that suggestion at the end of last semester. During our course evaulations. Anyway, I was shy in elementary, junior high and high school but now I am much more outgoing but still I feel like what am I suppose to say to the patient besides ask them questions about their condition and things like that. How should I establish a rapport with them and develop trust at least to some kind of level? I just feel clueless and really scared and worried. I really want to do good and want to do the best that I should be for my level. I start clinicals in one week in the ICU and I am trying to have myself together and organized by the end of this week.
Sep 2, '02
do not rely on nursing school or knowledge to give you this........
this need of professional communication you had or you would have never entered such a professional program as nursing......
it is in the core of who you are......the only thing that knowledge and the bridge of caring that you bring makes the difference.........
you are #1
You have to know it in your heart that you were meant to be here caring for people, because it is for sure not glamorous or anything else of prize, except for an inward reward(which only you can feel)...................
we have one of the most unattractive jobs the world sees or misunderstands........
I am so glad to have found this thread and so many friends............ajafwiavct..................... .......micro
Last edit by micro on Sep 2, '02
Sep 2, '02
The more you are exposed to a patient...the better you will become in addressing their needs without shying away from them. You are still in the student nursing phase of things, so don't be so hard on yourself. Be patient with yourself...those communication skills will develop over the course of time during your days as a nurse. Nursing is new to you, so breathe through it, learn a lot by observing the "seasoned nurses" with their patients (you'll learn what things to say and not say...do and not do this way).
We had a specific course in nursing school called "Therapeutic Communication". We were taught that course via textbook, videos, classroom teaching, and during our very first clinical rotation with geriatric patients. That is where I really had my own communication skills sharpened. We even had to make care plans
on our assigned patients in our first clinical rotation specifically targeting "therapeutic communication" with our patients. Boy, this was a HUGE help, believe me! Some schools may or may not provide an excellent therapeutic communication course, but I'm sure glad my college offered one. It has yet to NOT come in handy. :kiss
Last edit by live4today on Sep 2, '02