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Ch 3: Communication in Nursing

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This online chapter is designed to enhance your comprehension of communication in nursing with help from fun lessons, short quizzes and a practice exam. Utilizing these study resources can improve your ability to excel on an upcoming test that covers this subject.

Communication in Nursing - Chapter Summary

The expert instructors in this chapter make it easy to understand the basics of communication in nursing. Review bite-sized lessons to improve your knowledge of the nurse-patient relationship, nursing and patient education, therapeutic communication and the patient discharge process. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • List types of therapeutic communication
  • Discuss the phases and outcomes of the nurse-patient relationship
  • Explain nursing and patient education topics, principles of learning and domains
  • Detail nursing and patient education strategies for children, adults and patients with special needs
  • Describe patient discharge planning and risk factors
  • Identify and describe parts of a patient discharge summary

Enjoy the option of tailoring your review of this chapter to your personal schedule and study needs. Select one, several or all lessons to view, and navigate them in your sequence of choice. Multiple-choice quizzes and a practice exam are available to assess your comprehension of concepts covered in the lessons. If you develop questions while studying this chapter, don't hesitate to send them to our experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 3: Communication in Nursing
Therapeutic Communication: Definition, Goals, Types & Principles

1. Therapeutic Communication: Definition, Goals, Types & Principles

By learning the techniques of therapeutic communication, a nurse can help a patient feel cared for and understood. Learn how to identify the verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to effective therapeutic communication.

The Nurse-Patient Relationship: Components, Phases & Outcomes

2. The Nurse-Patient Relationship: Components, Phases & Outcomes

A therapeutic nurse-patient relationship is a supportive interaction that moves a patient toward wellness. It's based on trust, respect, interest, and empathy. Learn how to use these components to move patients through each phase of the relationship.

Nursing & Patient Education: Purpose, Assumptions & Topics

3. Nursing & Patient Education: Purpose, Assumptions & Topics

In this lesson, you're going to take a close look at the fundamental and important purposes, assumptions, and topics involved in appropriate client (patient) education.

Nursing & Patient Education: Principles of Learning

4. Nursing & Patient Education: Principles of Learning

There are eight important principles of learning every nurse should be aware of to ensure that the clients they are educating are learning and retaining the information and skills they need in the best possible manner.

Nursing & Patient Education: Learning Barriers & Domains

5. Nursing & Patient Education: Learning Barriers & Domains

When teaching a patient about their illness or injury, several barriers must be overcome for learning to occur. This lesson explores these barriers as well as the three major domains of learning that must be taken into account.

Nursing & Patient Education: Strategies for Children

6. Nursing & Patient Education: Strategies for Children

When teaching children important medical concepts, should you teach them the same way as an adult? If not, then what are some key strategies for teaching children? This lesson explores many of them.

Nursing & Patient Education: Strategies for Adults

7. Nursing & Patient Education: Strategies for Adults

The way a nurse should educate an adult client will actually depend on the age of the adult. Not only will the strategies differ, especially for older adults, but the relevant content that should be taught will differ as well.

Nursing & Patient Education: Patients With Special Needs

8. Nursing & Patient Education: Patients With Special Needs

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the different special needs patients may have and how they relate to patient education and the different aspects thereof.

Patient Discharge Process: Discharge Planning

9. Patient Discharge Process: Discharge Planning

This lesson is going to go step-by-step through the patient discharge planning process. We will cover the possible variations at each step in the process.

Patient Discharge Process: Discharge Risk Factors

10. Patient Discharge Process: Discharge Risk Factors

This lesson is going to take an in-depth look at the patient discharge risk factors most commonly seen. We will discuss examples of each risk factor and see how they can result in readmission.

Patient Discharge Process: Discharge Summary

11. Patient Discharge Process: Discharge Summary

In this lesson, we're going to break down the various parts that need to be included in a patient discharge summary. We'll also cover a few examples for each part of the discharge summary.

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