NUR 185 Psychosocial Needs: Therapeutic Communications (1 credit)
Students apply the nursing process concepts of assessing, diagnosing, planning, intervening, and evaluating in the area of psychosocial needs. They learn open-ended data gathering and relationship development techniques that meet clients' psychosocial needs. At the same time, the students are meeting their own professional need of compiling a broad, accurate database. Further application of the nursing process in the area of psychosocial needs aids in the identification of direct and indirect expressions of feelings. Thus the student develops supportive communication skills that ensure client-centered care even when involved with difficult situations and/or difficult clients. Students explore the nature and goals of the professional relationship and learn communication techniques to use when interacting with members of the health care team. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Co-requisite: NUR 180.