Step 10: Therapeutic Communication
DON’T EVER choose these types of answers:1- “It’s going to be OK!” [don’t worry]2- “Don’t worry; your doctors will do everything necessary for your care.” [don’t worry]3- “Let’s talk about why you didn’t take your medication.” [let’s explore]4- “Tell me why you really injured yourself.” [let’s explore]5- “What makes you think that?” [why questions]6- “Why do you feel this way?” [why questions]7- Don’t insist that the client follow unit rules. [authoritarian answers]8- Don’t insist that the client do what you command immediately. [authoritarian answers]9- “That happened to me once.” [nurse focused]10- “I know from experience this is hard for you.” [nurse focused]11- “Are you feeling guilty about what happened? [close ended]12- “How many children do you have?” [close ended]
Do choose these types of answers:1- “You are experiencing alcohol withdrawal; you may see and feel things that aren’t real.”2- “There are many reasons for memory loss; tell me more about what you have noticed.”3- “I can see that you are frightened about being here.”4- “You seem very upset. Tell me how you are feeling.”

Step 10: Therapeutic Communication

DON’T EVER choose these types of answers:
1- “It’s going to be OK!” [don’t worry]
2- “Don’t worry; your doctors will do everything necessary for your care.” [don’t worry]
3- “Let’s talk about why you didn’t take your medication.” [let’s explore]
4- “Tell me why you really injured yourself.” [let’s explore]
5- “What makes you think that?” [why questions]
6- “Why do you feel this way?” [why questions]
7- Don’t insist that the client follow unit rules. [authoritarian answers]
8- Don’t insist that the client do what you command immediately. [authoritarian answers]
9- “That happened to me once.” [nurse focused]
10- “I know from experience this is hard for you.” [nurse focused]
11- “Are you feeling guilty about what happened? [close ended]
12- “How many children do you have?” [close ended]


Do choose these types of answers:
1- “You are experiencing alcohol withdrawal; you may see and feel things that aren’t real.”
2- “There are many reasons for memory loss; tell me more about what you have noticed.”
3- “I can see that you are frightened about being here.”
4- “You seem very upset. Tell me how you are feeling.”

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