b. Deaf Patients.
Look directly at the patient when speaking with him/her.
Do not cover your mouth when speaking because the patient may read
(3) If the patient does not lip-read, charts with pictures may be used, or
simply writing your questions or comments on a piece of paper may be helpful.
(4) Charts with hand signs are available at the local society for deafness
and/or hearing preservation.
c. Patients Speaking a Foreign Language.
(1) Obtain a translator if possible. The Red Cross or the Patient
Administration Division (PAD) may be of assistance.
Have a chart with basic phrases in English and the foreign language.
When communicating with patients, each Practical Nurse has to find the ways
that are the most effective for the people and circumstances concerned. If the Practical
Nurse tries to express care and concern for the patient and can communicate well
verbally and nonverbally, the nurse-patient relationship will thrive.
Section III. REACTION TO STRESS AND HOSPITALIZATION
The patient who is entering a hospital is under many emotional pressures. Fear
of death, disfigurement, pain, or a prolonged illness, and loss of control of the
surrounding environment are just a few of the emotional concerns being faced. People
react to stress in many ways. The Practical Nurse must be able to recognize the signs
and symptoms of stress and identify the coping mechanisms being utilized by the
patient in order to provide effective nursing care.