Care, compassion and communication
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Care, compassion and communication

Jacqueline Bloomfield Senior lecturer/director of pre-registration programmes, Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Anne Pegram Lecturer, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College, London, England

Care, compassion and effective communication are essential elements of nursing, which must be demonstrated by all nurses and nursing students. These requirements form the basis of the first essential skills cluster, which stipulates key skills and behaviours that must be demonstrated to meet the standards for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This article discusses the core aspects of compassionate care and effective communication and, in doing so, uses examples to demonstrate their use within nursing.

Correspondence jacqueline.bloomfield@sydney.edu.au

Nursing Standard. 29, 25,45-50. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.25.45.e7653

Received: 03 March 2013

Accepted: 25 March 2013

Published in print: 18 February 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review