I like to view my patient as a whole person, not just a patient with medical problems.
I don't know how theraputic it would be for me to enter a room, introduce myself, sit down and say ''so how does it make you feel to have a bilateral mastectomy?"
And then silence.......
Then i'll tell them ''ill just stay here for a while"
"It seems to me like you're a little apprehensive right now, tell me more about that..."
What really gets me is the ''its my way or it's wrong"
Just like the type A vs type B personality nurses, or the quiet nurse, etc.
I've been working in a hospital for over 2 years, have had people tell me they're scared to die alone, they feel ashamed, etc.
There's more than one way to skin a cat, I think my instructor jumped to a conclusion too quickly