GETTING THE CLIENT’S ANSWER or the way you communicate with them are mainstay of the local boards. The psychosocial focus has been a central thread throughout all of the clinical areas: medical, surgical nursing, maternity and pediatric nursing, and most especially psychiatric nursing. Whether you are in NP 1 or NP 2, chances are, you’ll have to elicit your client’s response or read through your client’s response.
But fear not, these psychosocial are relatively easy to answer especially if you read these five (5) principles about them:
1. Responses that focus on the client’s feelings
Most clients at some time find it difficult to express their feelings whether they have a terminal illness, being pregnant or is scheduled for surgery.
Remember: Any nursing response that elicits, these feelings would be therapeutic and listen and attend to those client cues. When it seems as if a client would like to discuss fears, concerns, angry feelings, then encourage their expression.
2. Responses that are honest and direct
It is important that the nurse be honest with her responses to encourage trust and build a therapeutic relationship. Dishonesty will never support rust and a firm relationship.
3. Responses that involve active listening
Encouraging clients to talk through verbal and nonverbal techniques is supportive and serves to further the relationship.
4. Responses that indicate acceptance of the client
Accept the client where and how he is regadless of his condition or verbalizations. In fact, you would never reject the client even if you could not condone or accept his behavior.
5. Responses that pick up or relate to to the client’s cues
Responding to an important cue is essential therapeutic technique if the nurse is to focus on the client and maintain a goal-focused interaction.