This module explores the importance and need for nurses to communicate in a therapeutic manner with patients, family members and other health carers in order to facilitate optimal health outcomes for the patient.
Students will be provided with the opportunity to further develop a personal and professional style of communication. Students will apply communication theory and interpersonal skills in multiple health care contexts.
Upon completion of the module, the students will be able to:
1. Discuss the role of therapeutic communication in nursing and how interpersonal relating is central to the profession and nursing practice;
2. Describe the elements of therapeutic communication within the context of the nurse-patient relationship and enact roles which place the student in a simulated learning situation;
3. Identify, describe and practice the essential elements and methods of an effective therapeutic communication;
4. Develop group dynamic skills and identify opportunities to create and sustain helping relationships;
5. Apply crisis theory to the identification of situations in need of improvement in relation to the therapeutic communication process;
6. Build and refine an interpersonal style that is structured, based in theory and professional in application that contributes to the nurses therapeutic effectiveness;
7. Identify potential barriers to communication clarity in multiple situations and develop professional strategies through simulated practice the ability to manage such barriers;