Emotional Intelligence, Reflective Practice and Therapeutic relationship In Nursing
“To develop a therapeutic relationship with health consumer requires the nurse to be self-reflective. The reflective process concludes with embracing insights from a variety of sources that serve to change practitioners’ awareness” (Taylor, 2006).
To begin with, self-awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts and emotions. Self- awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. For nurses to be able to empathize with their patients and treat them with compassion, they have to be self-aware. When nurses are self-aware, they are able to positively change their attitude and actions in order to best understand how different people treat them, hence improving nurse- patient relationship.
Relationships are easy until there is emotional turmoil. Thus, being self-aware is important to any health care professional that needs to manage their cognitive, affective and behavioural self in order to engage effectively in therapeutic relationship (Taylor, 2006).
Self-awareness is important because it helps us to build a better understanding of ourselves. This helps nurses to get empowered to make changes and build on their areas of strength. Self-awareness is important to an individual health consumer. It helps us to control our emotions. It’s not bad to express our emotions but it has its own time and way to be done. Emotions also lead to many incidents such as suicide and unintended pregnancies. Secondly, self-awareness helps a person to control anger and live a happy life, as living a stressful life invites many sicknesses which can be disastrous to one’s health (Taylor, 2006).
“Self-awareness makes us more effective by helping us to identify gaps in our management skills, which promote skill development that helps us to have an accurate sense of who we are and what should be done to make improvements in our lives. Self-awareness means knowing your values, personality, needs, habits, emotions, strengths and weaknesses. Self-awareness can improve our judgement and help us identify opportunities for personal growth and professional development” (Taylor, 2006).
Moreover, self-awareness allows you to motivate yourself and manage stress better. It helps you with your intuitive decision making and also to lead and motivate others more effectively (Taylor, 2006).
Nursing is a profession that involves interpersonal relationship on a daily basis. The very first process between nurse and client is to establish an understanding in the client that the nurse is entering into a relationship with the client that is safe, confidential, reliable and consistent with appropriate and clear boundaries. (LaRowe, 2004). Communication skills and knowledge of the stages of and phenomena occurring in a therapeutic relationship are crucial tools in the formation and...