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Revisit the forgotten art of letter writing

01 May 2013

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Using letter writing to augment the therapeutic relationship is familiar to counsellors and psychotherapists, but many mental health nurses have been reluctant to...

The concept of space in the context of the therapeutic relationship

10 March 2009

Mental Health Practice


There has been a noticeable shift in the way in which therapeutic space is both conceived of and used in recent years. Where once individual sessions were...

Once upon a time there was an angry lion: using stories to aid therapeutic care with children

01 September 2013

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

Storytelling is a useful relationship-building tool to use with children, as demonstrated by the work of ‘Johnny’ and the author, his nurse. Five stages of narration...

Environments designed to heal

26 February 2011

Nursing Older People


This article explores projects in dementia and end of life care developed as part of the Enhancing the Healing Environment programme. This nurse-led initiative,...

How nature can be used to create a therapeutic outdoor environment

01 April 2011

Nursing Older People


This article reports on a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds scheme introduced into a group of care homes to encourage more wildlife into their grounds. The...

Using humour to enhance the nurse-patient relationship

26 March 2014

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The appropriate use of humour is a valuable asset in nursing practice. Used daily in interactions with patients, humour can help to develop the therapeutic...

Therapeutic communication and relationships in chronic and complex care

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

As the population ages and the incidence of chronic diseases and lifestyle-related conditions rises, nurses are increasingly required to provide care for people with...

Therapeutic hypothermia in the treatment of cardiorespiratory arrest

05 February 2010

Emergency Nurse


Prompt treatment of patients with cardiorespiratory arrest can mean the difference between life and death. This article analyses the use of therapeutic hypothermia...

The therapeutic value of the interview

09 July 2009

Cancer Nursing Practice


This study explored women’s sexuality following treatment for cervical cancer. Interviews were conducted with a sample of 13 women two to three years after treatment...

Communication skills to improve clients’ experiences of hospital

07 November 2011

Learning Disability Practice


Staff face many challenges when caring for patients with a learning disability in a general hospital ward, and the author describes how clients’ confusion and...