Role of effective nurse-patient relationships in enhancing patient safety
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Role of effective nurse-patient relationships in enhancing patient safety

Tiffany Conroy Programme coordinator and lecturer, Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Rebecca Feo Postdoctoral research fellow, Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Rose Boucaut Senior lecturer, School of Health Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia
Jan Alderman Lecturer, Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Alison Kitson Dean of nursing and head of Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia

Ensuring and maintaining patient safety is an essential aspect of care provision. Safety is a multidimensional concept, which incorporates interrelated elements such as physical and psychosocial safety. An effective nurse-patient relationship should ensure that these elements are considered when planning and providing care. This article discusses the importance of an effective nurse-patient relationship, as well as healthcare environments and working practices that promote safety, thus ensuring optimal patient care.

Nursing Standard. 31, 49, 53-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10801

Correspondence

tiffany.conroy@adelaide.edu.au

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 December 2016

Accepted: 19 June 2017