Uncover the Many Benefits of a Healthy Nurse and Patient Relationship

By Melanie Bowen

When nurses work well together with their patients, a positive relationship is cultivated and this benefits both the nurse and the patient.  It can be very trying for each party to be open and trusting towards one another because nurses are under a lot of stress and patients have their own worries and concerns.  Developing a positive and healthy nurse/patient relationship will be the best approach for the patient in recovering more efficiently and may help the nurse to do his or her job better.

Nurse and patient relationships can be highly therapeutic for the patient if the relationship is one that is built on care, honesty and trust.  Honesty may seem like an unusual term to use in regards to a nurse/patient relationship; however, this is one of the single most important aspects of this type of association.  If a nurse is not honest with a patient when a patient asks a question regarding his or her health care or treatment, the patient will lose trust and respect for the nurse.  In turn, the patient may not be honest about problems or concerns the patient is having.


Patients, who suffer from serious illnesses such as mesothelioma, may heavily upon quality nursing care or assistance.  The patients may depend on a nurse to provide them with current updates about the treatment the patient will receive, as well as information about things the patient himself can do to take precautions and preventative care.

Communication is a big part of developing a healthy relationship between medical provider and a patient.  The patient also must be willing to do his part in relaying how he or she is feeling, whether the person is following medical advice, and if any new symptoms are being experienced.  Communicating these things to a nurse or a doctor is vital to the care the medical professionals can give to the patient.

The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta has approved a publication that writes detailed information on how to establish healthy and positive boundaries in a nurse and patient relationship.  Informative articles such as the one listed from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta provide helpful insights that encourage and inspire nurses to work with their patients to establish a relationship that is stress-free and based on trust and communication.

Many nurses find it motivating and helpful to continue on-going education in the area of patient care and relationships.  These actions will help to make a nurse as prepared as possible to deal with a large variety of patients.  Many patients who are chronically ill often have fears, irritations and anxieties that make it difficult for them to communicate well with medical professionals.

Prepared nurses will be able to gain the trust of a patient and develop a fluid and positive relationship with the client that will benefit the client’s long-term treatment and health. Find a medical staff that not only cares but know how to help and get you on a successful road to recovery and never give up your fight.

Melanie Bowen joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2011 as an awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. She also assists in social media outreach in her efforts to spread awareness.