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Role of Nurse In Treatment of Patient With Depression Assessment Answer


Major depression


Nurse interviewing techniques to develop a therapeutic relationship (both verbal and non-verbal communication skills) with individuals and families experiencing the condition



The presentation aims to stress upon how important a role the nurse is supposed to play in the treatment of a patient with Major Depression. They must interact with the patient as well as sympathise with and sensitise his family. Common people are often intimidated by doctors due to the enormous respect they have in society. Hence, they hesitate to approach the doctor directly to clear doubts about the patient's condition (Fite et al., 2019).

Thus, the nurse must step in these cases and relay information about the treatment to the patient's family. The nurse must apprehend what the family of the patient is going through and should maintain delicacy while delivering news (Yu et al., 2020). The nurse can maintain a stable relationship with patients, both by verbal communication and nonverbal gestures (Darnell et al., 2018). Since depression is a disease which requires care and attention as much as medication, the duty to treat the patient falls upon the nurse as much as it does upon the doctor.


Slide 1

  • Nursing interviews are medical interventions especially in cases of clinical or major depression to comprehend the patients and their family to support in the person-hood care of patients through building therapeutic relationships (Fite et al., 2019)
  • Paying close attention to the condition of the patient and registering everything he says.
  • Making sure that the patient is not reluctant to take medications or engage in therapy.
  • Appearing to be sympathetic and showing empathy for the patient’s condition
  • Assuming active role in communication, since more than often patients with clinical depression are likely to be closeted about their condition.
  • Enlightening the patient on Depression, and making him believe that his condition is common and treatable.
  • Understanding if the patient is suicidal and needs special care.
  • Assisting the patience with day to day activities since Depressed individuals are likely to not pay attention to personal health and hygiene (Darnell et al., 2018).

Slide 2

  • Non-verbal and verbal communication in nursing interviewing process with the  involvement of individual and family in interviews concerning major depression
  • Communication skills are one of the tactful and coherent dexterities of nurses to understand the necessities of patients with depression. Dealing with the patient's family is a task a nurse must endure with utmost care and patience, using verbal and nonverbal therapeutic methods, some of which are listed below (Yu et al., 2020)
  • Maintaining a friendly and empathetic demeanour while conveying news regarding treatment. 
  • Listening carefully to what the patient's family has to say, and understanding. 
  • Maintaining a link between the doctor and the patients family, which is often strained due to fear or misbelief. 
  • Stepping in to offer comforting words or advice. 
  • Maintaining eye contact and keeping one's gesture and body language polite while dealing with the patient's family is very important.
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