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The Attributes of a Registered Nurse

There are many different attributes which are required in the role of the registered nurse. These attributes help registered nurses with different aspects of client care, from explaining a treatment to the client, to supporting the family of a client with chronic illness. The attributes are an integral aspect of creating and maintaining therapeutic relationships with clients and their family (Day, Levett-Jones & Kenny 2012). The age of the clients has an impact on the way the nurse would interact with that client, hence it effects which attributes are more important to use. When caring for children it is particularly important to use the following attributes: effective communication techniques, advocating for the client when their rights are overlooked and interacting in a supportive manner. The above techniques allow the registered nurses to create and maintain therapeutic relationships with the child and their parents or caregivers, which leads to better outcomes for the client (Polaschek, L. & Polaschek, N. 2007). If the registered nurse does not use the above attributes, they may not be providing the appropriate level of care for the patient, which will impact the patient’s health outcomes (Day, Levett-Jones & Kenny 2012).

It is important for a registered nurse to use a range of effective communication techniques to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with their client, in particular when their client is a child. Using a range of effective communication techniques allows the registered nurse to be able to explain to the child, using the appropriate language, what their illness is and how they will be treated. This is particularly important in the maintenance of therapeutic relationships with children as they ...

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