Improving nurse communication skills with the cancer patient
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Improving nurse communication skills with the cancer patient

Steven Kelsey Clinical governance manager, Bradford City Teaching PCT, Bradford, formerly senior nurse-practice development, St James University Hospital, Leeds

The potential for improving nurses’ communication skills is often limited by nurses and other health professionals lack of motivation to use such skills effectively. This article explores some of the issues that work against the development of therapeutic communication and offers some suggestions for enhancing the effectiveness of nurses’ communication with patients with cancer. Some implications for skills training programmes are set out.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 4, 2, 27-31. doi: 10.7748/cnp2005.

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