This was something that I didn’t even realize I would be learning when I went out to clinical rotations. I don’t know why, but I just always pictured one way to talk to patients and explain things to them. This thought probably came from the standardized exams that we had to take where the rubric was so specific and didn’t leave much room to add your own voice. Working with a lot of different doctors and health care professionals on my first rotation, I saw a lot of different communication styles. Some I liked, some I loved, and some that I wasn’t really a fan of.
It wasn’t until the third week or so that I started to realize that I was subconsciously picking up little ways to say things from hearing nurses, PTs, and doctors say them to patients. When I realized that, I started to actively listen to the way that the doctors I worked with spoke to their patients. From then on, I was able to make a decision quicker about what I did or didn’t like, and I put it into practice the next time I went in to speak to a patient.
The nurses and PTs have an amazing style of communication. They spend more time with the patient and have developed a special skill that we can all learn a lot from. It really is amazing to be out in the hospital, seeing how all the different healthcare workers fit into the big puzzle of medicine.