In the contemporary health care environment, nursing communication should be viewed on several levels. First of all, nursing communication implies the communication of nurses and patients. Patients need to have an opportunity to communicate constantly with nurses to get information concerning their health and other important issues (Kasper, 2005). Nurses, in their turn, should provide patients with professional information to ensure the stability of the psychological state of patients, which is an essential condition of a normal recovery of patients in the course of treatment. The role of nurses is not limited with professional consultations of patients. In fact, the communication between nurses and patients should be viewed in a larger context than the communication between a health care professional and a patient. In actuality, nurses need to develop positive interpersonal relations with patients to demonstrate their friendliness, supportiveness and to increase the confidence of patients in their qualification and their ability to help them to recover. Nurses should perform functions of counselors since patients need people who could support them, calm them down, ensure that they would recover soon or that they would not have complications in the course of the treatment. Hence, the nurse-patient communication should be grounded on positive interpersonal relationships between nurses and patients.
Another aspect of nursing communication implies the communication of nurses with other health care professionals. This professional nursing communication should be very effective and precise. Nurses need to understand physicians treating patients in order to maintain the process of treatment and provide patients with nursing care respective to the treatment appointed by physicians. However, the communication of nurses and physicians should not be a one-sided process. In other words, the communication of nurses and physician should not be instructive solely, when physicians give instructions, which nurses fulfill precisely (Kasper, 2005). In contrast, the effective communication of nurses and physicians is a two-sided process when physicians get feedback from nurses and when they get addition information on the state of patients in the course of the treatment. The latter is important since nurses spend more time with patients than physicians do and well-qualified nurses can notice significant changes in the state of patients, which may need the introduction of changes in the treatment. In such a situation, nurses need to be able to communicate with physicians and together they can develop an effective treatment for each particular patient.
The elimination of professional boundaries
In fact, the effective collaboration, professional integration and communication can help registered nurses to eliminate professional boundaries and interact closely with each other. The development of the close cooperation between registered nurses and other health care professionals help them to improve their performance and to provide health care and nursing care services of the high quality. In this respect, registered nurses should be aware of the fact that they collaborate closely with other health care professionals. At the same time, they should not interfere in the area of work of other health care professionals violently. Instead, they should obtain their consent to interfere in their professional area. For instance, registered nurses cannot just start performing functions of doctors and interfere in the treatment of patients. Instead, they may participate in the treatment of patients through the close communication with doctors, daily observations over patients, and suggestions made by registered nurses and considered by doctors. As a result, doctors may either accept or decline suggestions made by registered nurses. Therefore, registered nurses can participate in the treatment of patients through the close cooperation with doctors. Similarly, registered nurses should develop close cooperation with other health care professionals.
Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that the elimination of professional boundaries and close cooperation between registered nurses and other health care professionals is crucial for their successful professional performance. In addition, effective collaboration between registered nurses and other health care professionals should be backed up by the close work of registered nurses with patients and their relatives. Sometimes, registered nurses may need the collaboration with psychologists, to learn better effective approaches to the treatment of patients, or social workers, to be able to facilitate the treatment and integration of patients in the normal social life.