Holistic Communication In Nursing

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This assignment discusses an approach for an effective nursing care delivery system which relates to my chosen branch of nursing. In this essay I will discuss the importance of holistic communication in nursing care and its implementation to show that it is necessary when treating the patient. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals cannot treat the patient with out using this method. I also discuss 2 barriers in communication and 2 types of communication which are verbal and none verbal and identify examples which clearly define the meaning of communication and its importance to our day by day living. Communication is defined as a process of transferring information from one entity to another. Communication processes are sign-mediated interactions between at least two agents which share a collection of signs, rules and symbols. Communication is commonly defined as "the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs". Holism is the idea that all the properties of a given system cannot be determined or explained by its component parts alone. Instead, the system as a whole determines in an important way how the parts behave. It varies from physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental & linguistic. Combining these two words, holistic communication is now formed. Quality interactions in communication depend a lot on how well one person understands the others needs. This element will ensure communication to be effective because the need can be met through the interaction or relationship. In the same way, the key to good relationships and effective communication between two parties is acquired through understanding, experience, empathy and humor. Furthermore, when used together these elements all have a positive effect on a quality interaction during the process of communication. R. Ellis, (2003)

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