Molly Nolan

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Master of Science (MS)




Development of the nurse-patient relationship is the phenomenon that allows nursing care to be delivered and accepted. It is developed through interactions between professional nurse and a patient and or family. Although therapeutic communication is component of the nurse-patient relationship, further nurse-patient actions and interactions must be explored to fully understand the formation of the therapeutic relationship. The study explored the components that facilitate this relationship as perceived by the nurse and patient. The study utilized the Comforting Interaction-Relationship Model as it relates to nurse-patient actions/interactions and the perceptions that enable a therapeutic relationship to form. The implications of this study are to incorporate the therapeutic bonding process into nursing education and delineate its components to further define the unique service that the profession of nursing provides.