Nursing Practice Blends Interpersonal Skills

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Traditionally, nurses have championed a holistic approach to health care where good nursing practice blends interpersonal and technical skills. The high degree of emotional labour in nursing is widely acknowledged and comes from attending to the ongoing anxieties, distress, and frustrations experienced by patients and their families. Nurses have difficulty finding time to address issues arising from these interpersonal aspects of their jobs in an environment of high workloads, competing clinical demands, organizational pressures, and increasing administrative requirements. Emotional support from informal personal networks, and employee assistance schemes that tend to be more reactive than proactive, are not effective enough and problems may