Developing therapeutic relationships

Illustration showing a group of people assembling a giant jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes completing an exercise can help us to piece things together. Picture: Alamy

How a simulation exercise improved my communication skills

A learning activity with a service user put theory into practice for student Leah Butler

Young obese man lies on the sofa playing computer games

Identifying a common interest allowed me to engage with a young service user

Our shared love of gaming gave me an opportunity to offer person-centred care

Sexual health

What to expect from a placement at a sexual health clinic

Sexual health nurses need to be able to tackle sensitive issues with confidence

A 'This is me' form and an elderly male patient in the background

‘This is me’ document helped me provide personalised end of life care

A student reflects on building a nurse-patient relationship with a hospice patient

Toast

Breakfast battle taught me to take the time to care

A patient’s refusal to eat toast that was cut the wrong way changed a nursing student’s ideas

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Listening to a trans patient’s concerns taught me so much

Lauren Johns reflects on how a patient enriched her understanding of caring for trans people

Mental health

What it takes to be a mental health nurse

A complex mix of skills is needed to put people in control of their situation

How a pain specialist team changed the way I nurse

Caring for patients in severe pain revealed the importance of individualised attention

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Enabling a patient to go to the toilet with dignity is a key component of good care

By actively listening to the patient I anticipated her needs

What a placement on a remote island taught me about truly person-centred care

Working in this environment means really getting to know your patients, says Elizabeth Spence

Food

Kindness is tangible in a mental health crisis

A nursing student reflects on the profound effect of sharing a meal with a patient

A nurse’s lesson on the importance of emotional well-being

During an elective placement in Sri Lanka, nursing student Natasha Wragg taught nurses about...

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