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A nurse speaking with a patient.
Figure 3.1 Communication skills are especially important in our diverse, interconnected world. (credit: modification of work “Naval Branch Health Clinic Mayport nurse midwife 211027-N-QA097-020” by U.S. Navy/Deidre Smith/Flickr, Public Domain)

Communication is a fundamental part of what makes us human. Communication enables individuals to convey their ideas, thoughts, and emotions effectively. It also allows people to express themselves and to understand others better. Effective communication is essential in various aspects of life, including personal relationships, social interactions, and education. In the nursing world, effective communication is a crucial skill that will help the nurse build trust, advocate for patients, gather important information about patients, educate others, and more. Nurses benefit in understanding the meaning and types of communication to establish a therapeutic relationship with patients and encourage health promotion. Communication is foundational in health care and helps patients meet their individual healthcare goals.

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