i have been a cardiac nurse for 2 years. i went into this immediately after graduating nursing school. i also began to work on my bsn immediately after i earned my associate degree. tonight is my very last bsn class and i am graduating with a 4.0
(just had to throw that in)
last week, i accepted a full time position as an rn in a long term care psych facility. i believe most of the consumers are coming from state hospitals which have closed down in the last year. i believe our goal is to use a holistic approach in helping them to meet goals.
the reason why i am writing this thread is because i am concerned about therapeutic communication techniques. i feel that i would be perfectly capable, but i must learn them first. i realize that someone without training or knowledge in this area could actually harm patients and that is the last thing i want to do. i think that i desperately need help in this area in order to keep patients safe and be an effective nurse. i do not believe there will be any experienced pysch nurses to mentor me, because this is a new 14 bed facility, and i believe staff consists of 1 rn each shift with additional techs. the other rn that works there is only a few months into psych herself. the main thing i am concerned with is therapeutic communication, assertiveness... etc. although there is probably a whole lot more i could be concerned about....
i guess i was wondering if any of you knew of a book on therapeutic communication. i wouldn't have the patience to read a long drawn out book. i would be excited to read it if there were short stories/case studies which described a situation, the interventions, and the therapeutic communication techniques
in detail. does anyone know of such a book?