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This assignment aims to explore communication theories and how the nurse uses communication in her role.

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  • Submitted: 20/06/2006
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This assignment aims to explore communication theories and how the nurse uses communication in her role. This will be achieved by defining communication, discussing the different types of communication, explaining communication in nursing and integrating the theory of communication to clinical practice.

Communication is the process of sending, receiving and decoding information between two or more people. Ellis et al (2003) concluded that 'communication is made up of a sender, a receiver and a message which is set in a particular context.' However Schuster (2000) believes that 'communication is the use of words and behaviours to construct, send and interpret messages.' Schuster's (2000) views link together verbal and non verbal communication whilst Ellis et al (2003) definition focuses on verbal communication.

Communication has two parts a verbal and a non verbal message. Verbal communication is communication which is spoken; however word meanings can change due to paralanguage which is tone, pitch and volume. Argyle (1975) states that paralinguistics can change whilst the interaction is taking place. This could change by the nurse speaking in a higher voice.

Faulker (1998) identifies that the aim of interviewing a patient is to identify their problems. On reflection to practice

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