Nursing

Competency
Apply therapeutic communication to holistic nursing actions.
Scenario
Suppose that you were provided a scholarship to attend the National Holistic Nursing Conference. During this conference, you participated in a workshop that introduced the therapeutic communication techniques listed below and discussed how to apply them in nursing practice:

Setting an intention
Centering
Grounding
Caring
Healing
Transcendent presence
Intuition

When concluding the day’s activities, the presenters asked you to reflect on the professional experiences you have had with patients and to document that reflection in a one-to-two page journal entry.
Instructions
Write a one to two page journal entry that addresses the following:

Using your own words, define therapeutic communication in relationship-centered, holistic nursing care.
Describe at least one nurse-patient encounter where you could apply effective therapeutic communication skills in your role as a student nurse. Identify which of the therapeutic communication techniques you would use and explain how you would employ them.
Describe at least one nurse-patient encounter where you could have communicated more effectively in your role as a student nurse through the application of therapeutic communication techniques. Identify which of the therapeutic communication techniques you would use and explain how you would employ them.