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Concepts Relevant to the Therapeutic Relationship
A discussion of the therapeutic relationship between psychiatric nurse and patient.
# 104289 | 2,605 words | 11 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 09, 2008 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Communication (Interpersonal) , Psychology (General)

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This paper examines how the nurse-patient therapeutic relationship is the psychosocial bond that fosters and nurtures the healing of a patient. The paper asserts that the therapeutic relationship between a patient and his psychiatric nurse is a special bond between human beings that possesses several unique attributes, founded on a trust that is rooted deeply in the traditions of professional health care. It discusses compassion which, when practiced by mental health professionals, has the potential to facilitate healing as well as impede it. The paper concludes that, although more reliance on medications and behavioral modification techniques such as psychotherapy continue to be more and more of a factor in the treatment of mental illnesses, it is ultimately the attitude of the individual that determines the patient's progress towards healing.

Significance to Nurses
Significance to Patient and Family
Continuity of Care

From the Paper:

"The significance of the therapeutic relationship to the patient and family is that it provides them with a means to connect with the health care staff not only in terms of treatment of the patient, but also in terms of establishing a means by which patient and nurse can relate on even terms. Rapport with the patient's family further establishes a link with the patient outside the hospital. This is beneficial especially in situations where patients are far from easy access to health institutions where primary care for their condition is being given. (Forchuk, Reynolds, Sharkey, Martin & Jensen, 2007)"

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Evans, A.M. (2007). Transference in the nurse-patient relationship. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs., 14(2), 189-95. Retrieved May 21, 2007, from the Pubmed Database.
  • Forchuk C, Reynolds W, Sharkey S, Martin ML & Jensen E. (2007). Transitional discharge based on therapeutic relationships: state of the art. Arch Psychiatr Nurs., 21(2), 80-6. Retrieved May 21, 2007, from the Pubmed Database.

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