Counselling Skills For Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors by Dawn Freshwater

By Dawn Freshwater

"This ebook is compact and straightforward to learn, and will make an important contribution to practitioners' skill to speak successfully and make their perform sufferer centred." magazine fo scientific Nursing "This is a pleasant ebook that's good written, effortless to learn and appropriate for college students, certified nurses and those that are expert nurses." magazine of group Nursing Counselling is a various job and there are progressively more those who are utilizing counselling talents, no longer least these within the worrying professions. there's a good deal of scope in utilizing counselling talents to advertise healthiness within the daily encounters that nurses have with their sufferers. The emphasis on care in the neighborhood and empowerment of sufferers via purchaser involvement signifies that nurses are engaged in offering help and aid to humans to alter behaviours. group nurses usually locate themselves in occasions which require in-depth listening and responding talents: for instance, in assisting humans come to phrases with persistent ailment, incapacity and bereavement. Midwives tend to be the 1st port of demand these mom and dad who've skilled miscarriages, bereavements, or are dealing with judgements regarding the potential of genetic abnormalities. equally, wellbeing and fitness viewers are in a helpful place to supply counselling in regards to the immunization and health and wellbeing of the younger baby. those practitioners are having to manage not just with new and various health problems, for instance HIV and AIDS, but in addition with such coverage projects because the nationwide carrier Framework for psychological health and wellbeing and their implications . This ebook examines modern advancements in nursing and well-being care with regards to the elemental philosophy of counselling, the practicalities of counselling and proper theoretical underpinnings. while the textual content is predominantly aimed toward nurses, midwives and future health viewers, it is going to even be of curiosity to these execs allied to drugs, for instance physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dieticians.

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These skills are explained further in Chapter 5. Summary Nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, mental health nurses and other health professionals do a great deal of counselling, in its broadest sense. The use of basic counselling skills, in conjunction with a sound theoretical understanding, can assist the nurse in gaining an awareness of the person as well as the problem; in promoting the ability to communicate and empathize with people from a variety of diverse backgrounds; and in recognizing patient’s anxieties, including the anxieties they are almost bound to have regarding their health.

One such distraction is that of the patient’s medication. Certain medications may interfere with the ability of the patient to hear and understand what is being said to them. A patient who has been sedated pre- or post-operatively is not likely to be able to engage in a therapeutic encounter or remember it lucidly. Of course specific medical conditions (physical and psychological) also impair the patient’s ability to remain focused on their concerns. Patients who are experiencing a lot of pain, or are confused or depressed, may find it hard to give the attention to themselves that a counselling type of situation demands.

For some patients it is a struggle to remain conscious of their safety needs; indeed many of them are unable to maintain their own physiological needs, and so are admitted to acute psychiatric services for their own protection. Thus nurses may once again find themselves helping patients to maintain their basic needs, only in this instance for a different reason. This is particularly noticeable in the instances of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia. The core conditions of person-centred counselling The term empathy is employed variously in counselling, psychotherapy and across the helping professions.

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