Interpersonal Relationships: Professional Communication Skills for Nurses / Edition 6

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Interpersonal Relationships: Professional Communication Skills for Nurses, 5th Edition, has achieved widespread critical acclaim for its easy-to-follow guidance in communication. It offers you a variety of concrete ways to interact more effectively with clients, families, and professional colleagues, using proven communication strategies and principles drawn from nursing, psychology, and other related theoretical frameworks.
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Reviewer: Marilyn Sample, B.S. and M.S. (Indiana State University)
Description: This book provides current and relevant information to assist nurses in communicating with individuals, groups, families, colleagues, and clients with specific special needs. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The authors' objectives are to provide a "theory and practice basis for interactions among nurse, client, and health care system related to each client's health and well-being." The fourth edition "has been revised to reflect current trends in health care...." The authors accomplish their objectives by updating the reference lists and revising the book appropriately. A new feature of this book is that each chapter ends with a box containing an ethical dilemma from the authors' own nursing experiences. The boxes, along with the various tables and numerous practice exercises add to relevance of this book.
Audience: This book is an important resource for practicing nurses, nursing educators, and nursing students. The psychosocial focus of the book presents various concepts and theories that are relevant to any practice area or clinical course in a nursing curriculum. The authors' credentials and their appointments suggest that they are credible authorities in the subject matter.
Features: The book presents relevant theoretical perspectives foundational to understanding such topics as self-concept, ethical decision making, the nurse-client relationship, and therapeutic communication. It devotes chapters to conflict resolution, the impact of a person's culture on communication and the concept of health teaching. Each chapter ends with the presentation of an ethical dilemma from the authors' own nursing experiences. There are also many realistic client case examples in most chapters which enrich the reader's understanding of the content. The pages of the book are formatted well and the use of various hues of blue in contrast to the white pages is eye-pleasing.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource containing the presentation of theory written at level that can be utilized by any nurse in any practice area. There is an appropriate use of photographs, tables, boxes, diagrams, practice exercises and case studies that help the reader assimilate the information and apply it to client situations and needs. The authors are correct to write a fourth edition in order to accommodate the need of readers to update their knowledge base due to the changes in the provision of health care.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437709445
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 130,513
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Conceptual Foundations of Nurse-Client Relationships
1 Theoretical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues 1
2 Professional Guides to Action in Interpersonal Relationships 28
3 Clinical Judgment: Applying Critical Thinking and Ethical Decision Making 47
4 Self-Concept in the Nurse-Client Relationship 72
Pt. II The Nurse-Client Relationship
5 Structuring the Relationship 113
6 Bridges and Barriers in the Therapeutic Relationship 143
7 Role Relationship Patterns 166
8 The Grief Experience: Life's Losses and Endings 186
Pt. III Therapeutic Communication
9 Communication Styles 216
10 Developing Therapeutic Communication Skills in the Nurse-Client Relationship 232
11 Intercultural Communication 266
12 Communicating in Groups 301
13 Communicating with Families 332
14 Resolving Conflict Between Nurse and Client 365
15 Health Promotion and Client Learning Needs 389
16 Health Teaching in the Nurse-Client Relationship 410
Pt. IV Responding to Special Needs
17 Communicating with Clients Experiencing Communication Deficits 438
18 Communicating with Children 452
19 Communicating with Older Adults 476
20 Communicating with Clients in Stressful Situations 492
21 Communicating with Clients in Crisis 522
Pt. V Professional Issues
22 Communicating with Other Health Professionals 544
23 Documentation in the Age of Computers 573
Glossary 607
Index 615
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