Helping and Healing Relationships


Helpingand Healing Relationships


Nurse-patientrelationship is an interaction aimed to enhance the healing andwellbeing of the patient, family as well as community. As a careprovider, establishing a helping hand and the healing relationship issignificant and the interaction is depended on feelings, thoughts andactions of each other therefore, nurses are expected to act in thebest interests of the patient and family to maintain a relationshipthat is strict with all intent only to benefit the patient and familymembers. Additionally, the care provider must ensure that theirpatient’s needs are met while being professional.

Asa care provider, providing empathetic or compassionate care topatients is important. This is necessary to convey support,understanding and sharing experiences. Notably, the patient’sgeneral sense is to seek help and they always expect that the nursewould show interest and sympathy during their difficulties (Kanter etal, 2013). This can happen through good communication as a foundationof care and with this, the patient and family will receivepsychological consideration hence the healing and helpingrelationship is established.

Secondly,offering appropriate greetings and closings some patients may needtherapeutic touch such as hand-holding and hugging than others.Respecting their differences in culture is crucial. Similarly,introducing and greeting patients with the goal of promoting theirwellbeing is critical for instance, when leaving the patient sayingI will be ending my shift shortly but I will be glad to seeing youthe following day is also important in establishing a healingrelationship with the patient.

Remainingcalm and friendly is also important it is necessary to respect ourpatients’ preferences and choices. It is equally important to makeeye contact and appropriate non-verbal gestures when communicating.Avoiding intimidations through speaking slowly and calmly as well assmiling at intervals when in a conversation can establish a goodrelationship with the patient and family (Haugan et al, 2014).

Listeningactively to the patient will promote a better understanding of thepatient concerns. It will show genuine self when communicating withthe patient and his or her family. On the other hand, a patientshould also be granted privacy when providing care and ensuring herbasic needs are made which include relieving pain or other sources ofdiscomfort.

Developinga professional partnership with health care team members is criticaland may involve the following strategies. First, effectivecommunication an efficient and coordinated team must have aneffective mechanism for the exchange of information and this requirestime, space and regular opportunity for a team member to meet,therefore having an effective communication is crucial in developingprofessional partnerships in clinical practice.

Similarly,defining the role of each member of the team and how they will dealand assist in problems plaguing patients is necessary. This willensure collaboration and understanding of the role of each memberwithin the clinical practice. On the other hand, it will maintain astrong emphasis on unique skills sets of the professionals by knowingtheir strengths and weaknesses resulting to the development ofexpertise partnership (Blais et al, 2015).

Changeof egocentric bias, which is the tendency of someone to claim moreresponsibility in the team that others will assist in the developmentof the professional partnership. Secondly, neuroticism behavior whereone seems to be anxious or moody will help in the adjustment ofemotional problems among the team members, creating partnerships inclinical practice. Finally, having a positive attitude among the teammembers and patients will enhance a good relationship hence theprofessional partnership is achieved.


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Haugan,G. (2014). The relationship between nurse patient interaction andmeaning‐in‐lifein cognitively intact nursing home patients. Journal of AdvancedNursing.

Blais,K. (2015). Professional nursing practice: Concepts and perspectives.Pearson.