Reflections on being therapeutic and reflection

Elcock, Karen (1997) Reflections on being therapeutic and reflection. Nursing In Critical Care, 2(3), pp. 138-145. ISSN (print) 1362-1017


This article offers a reflective account of an incident that occurred between a nurse tutor and a patient on a cardiology ward. It highlights the importance of interpersonal skills in creating a therapeutic relationship, in particular those of self-awareness, empathy and intuition. The author's difficulties in running reflective practice sessions for pre-registration students are discussed and insights are offered into why these difficulties arose.

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