NURSING MODULE: NU2069 THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIPS – COMMUNICATION AND SELF-AWARENESS
Therapeutic relationships in nursing refer to the nurse-client relation that aims to achieve the goal of restoring a patient’s health. Mainly, this type of a relationship is client-centered and focuses on goal attainment. I have an interest in this module because of the association between patients and nurses have changed over the years. In the past, patients took a passive role where treatment decisions were made solely by a health care provider and they yielded to therapy without protest. Currently, nurses persuade and anticipate the patients involved to question, communicate and participate in the process of planning for their care. The intent of this paper is to evaluate the content of therapeutic relationships – communication and self-awareness. In addition, it will give a theoretical foundation for selected teaching strategies as well as the objectives of the content. Finally, this paper will give a comparison of evaluation strategies suitable for the content.The module content includes service user needs and preferences, the nurse and self-growth, exploring beliefs and values relevant to developing a hope-inspiring relation.
In addition, drawing on counseling frameworks which can underpin the therapeutic work of mental health nurses, and professional boundaries are part of the module content. Also, self-care strategies, the principles, and practice of effective and therapeutic helping, self-care strategies and self-are part of the module content (UCC, 2016). Therapeutic relationships module provide information on how a nurse support patients with various demands. The support given by the nurses consist of short-term, long-term interventions and assessment. In nursing, it is believed that patients recover through therapeutic relationships that depend on key conditions. These conditions are empathetic comprehension, acceptance and genuineness. From this point of view, this content guide nurses on how to create a safe environment for the patients (Baillie & Black, 2014). Moreover, this module guides nurses to comprehend self from the perspective of a family system and past encounters, which influence their personality. It is a fact that the process of discovering oneself is a lifelong and individualized journey that promotes the potential to interact with others genuinely. Sensations of security, self-awareness, autonomy and self-worth are triggered by past experiences. Hence, nurses need to take charge of their personal development, accept their weaknesses, and integrate strategies for self-care along with acknowledging their strengths (Sheldon, 2009). Additionally, the content of this module enlightens a student on how to create professional boundaries in a nurse-patient relationship.
Professional boundaries is crucial because patients get into nurse-patient associations at a time when they are vulnerable to exploitation. In mental health nursing, a nurse should not benefit from a therapeutic relationship because the focus is on the demands of a patient. In some situations, a client may seek friendship relationship with a nurse or vice versa, which is against the professional role. The professional boundaries are about control, power and influence. However, there is a challenge because these boundaries are not precise and clear because of the emotional intensity, familiarity and trust involved …