Interpersonal Skills for Nurses and Health Care Professionals / Edition 1

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Overview

It is important for health workers to be effective and confident in their daily communications with clients/patients in order to develop therapeutic relationships. For new students this can be a particularly daunting task, since often this confidence comes from personal experience. This book provides examples of the type of clinical experiences students are likely to have on their student placements and offers a theoretical framework for them to understand and learn from these interchanges. The book illustrates three main theoretical approaches taught to students: Psychodynamic, person-centred and behavioural. The book takes a lifespan approach, covering the care of the child, the adolescent, the adult and the elderly person, including mental-health issues. Each chapter recounts a student's experience of working with a particular client group, enabling the reader to identify with the personal account and relate their own experience to the theoretical approaches under consideration. The reader is encouraged to reflect on the value of each of the theoretical approaches, thereby increasing effectiveness in communicating with patients.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Isabelita Z. Guiao, BSN, RN, PhD (University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
Description: This is a refresher reference on the interpersonal skills expected of professional healthcare providers in diverse clinical settings. It highlights clinical issues and interventions with clients from various developmental stages using three classic approaches: psychodynamic, behavioral, and person-centered.
Purpose: This book seeks to fill a gap for healthcare workers and nurses undertaking Project 2000 courses. It invigorates awareness of the clinician's day-to-day experience, underscored by theoretical considerations.
Audience: The audience is nurses and other healthcare professionals. It is appropriate for healthcare students learning competency in interpersonal skills or clinicians who want to hone their skills.
Features: It covers the need for interpersonal skills, the main tenets of the three recognized theoretical frameworks, life span issues, theoretical underpinnings of various psychiatric symptoms and behaviors, and cultural and spiritual issues. The book effectively uses vignettes, diagrams, and tables for illustration. Unfortunately, basic approaches to hallucinating and depressed patients are left out of the chapter on mental healthcare. Likewise, some classic references are excluded and others could be more recent.
Assessment: This book is skillfully designed to deliver complex material in a succinct, coherent, interesting, and (more importantly) synthesized fashion. The use of vignettes throughout effectively underscores the dynamic nature of the interpersonal encounter and at the same time makes the book user-friendly. I am not aware of another book on the subject of interpersonal skills that does what this one accomplishes in only 160 pages.
Isabelita Z. Guiao
This is a refresher reference on the interpersonal skills expected of professional healthcare providers in diverse clinical settings. It highlights clinical issues and interventions with clients from various developmental stages using three classic approaches: psychodynamic, behavioral, and person-centered. This book seeks to fill a gap for healthcare workers and nurses undertaking Project 2000 courses. It invigorates awareness of the clinician's day-to-day experience, underscored by theoretical considerations. The audience is nurses and other healthcare professionals. It is appropriate for healthcare students learning competency in interpersonal skills or clinicians who want to hone their skills. It covers the need for interpersonal skills, the main tenets of the three recognized theoretical frameworks, life span issues, theoretical underpinnings of various psychiatric symptoms and behaviors, and cultural and spiritual issues. The book effectively uses vignettes, diagrams, and tables for illustration. Unfortunately, basic approaches to hallucinating and depressed patients are left out of the chapter on mental healthcare. Likewise, some classic references are excluded and others could be more recent. This book is skillfully designed to deliver complex material in a succinct, coherent, interesting, and (more importantly) synthesized fashion. The use of vignettes throughout effectively underscores the dynamic nature of the interpersonal encounter and at the same time makes the book user-friendly. I am not aware of another book on the subject of interpersonal skills that does what this one accomplishes in only 160 pages.
Booknews
Sets out to clarify the theories which underpin skilled interpersonal practice. The author looks at three essential theoretical approaches: psychodynamic, behavioral, and person-centered. Each concept is introduced through the use of a personal narrative from a health care professional or a patient. Clinical case studies are also used. The care of individuals throughout the lifespan are treated individually. Intended for all health care professionals, especially nursing students. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632041442
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/11/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; The interpersonal arena; Theoretical approaches; Approaches to the care of the child; Approaches to care in adolescence; Approaches to the care of the adult; Approaches to the care of the older patient; Approaches to the care of the adult with mental health disorder; Approaches to cultural and spiritual care; Conclusions: an eclectic approach; Index

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