Reported by: Marianne Lince Froilene Isip

y We use communication to exchange information between patients. numbers and symbols and is organized in sentences. y No matter the form of communication we are constantly presenting and interpreting people·s ideas and thoughts.y Communication is a necessary skill to have in nursing profession. y It is the spoken. . and unwritten way of communicating. oral. It makes use of words. vocabulary. colleague and all the people around us.

1. an interpreter may be necessary. y When a nurse cares for a client who speaks another dialect or language. Vocabulary y The sender and the receiver should be able to translate each other·s words and phrases. . y Medical jargons are not understood by most clients who are unfamiliar with health care settings.

. They may use special words to describe bodily functions or a favorite blanket or toy. y Teenagers often use of words in unique ways that are unfamiliar to adults.y Children have a more limited vocabulary than adults.

Denotative and Connotative Meaning. but ´codeµ denotes cardiac arrest primarily to health care providers. . y Nurses should carefully use words that cannot be easily misinterpreted by clients or their families. y A single word can have several meanings y Individuals who use a common language share the donatative meaning ´basketballµ has the same meaning for everyone who speaks English.2.

y The connotative meaning is the shade or interpretation of a word·s meaning influenced by the thoughts. feelings. . For the family. Families who are told that a loved one is ´knocked outµ may simply mean that the patient is in deep sleep after receiving narcotic analgesic. this may mean that the client is unconscious because he was hit by somebody. or ideas people have about the word.

. y Pacing is improved by thinking before speaking. y Nurses should speak slowly enough to clearly enunciate. y Talking rapidly.3. long pauses and rapid shifts to another subject may give impression that the nurse is hiding the truth. Pacing y Conversation is more successful at an appropriate speed or pace.

y A client·s voice tone often provides information about his or her emotional state or energy level. y Intonation can express enthusiasm. or indifference. concern. Intonation y Tone of voice dramatically affects a message·s meaning.4. . anger.

brief and direct.. Clarity and Brevity y Effective communication is simple. and using examples to make explanations easier to understand. y Fewer words result in less confusion. enunciating clearly. . y Clarity is achieved by speaking slowly.

y Brevity is achieved by using short sentences and words that express an idea simply and directly.y Repeating important parts of a message also clarifies communication. .

Timing and Relevance y Even though a message is clear. .6. y Often. y When client is facing emergency surgery. discussing complications of the surgery is less relevant than explaining preoperative procedure. poor timing can prevent it from being effective. the best time for interaction is when a client expresses an interest in communication.

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