Cover image for article: Communicating With a Patient’s Family and Friends

Along with communicating with patients, it can be easy to talk to a patient’s immediate family. From spouses to parents, it helps to only have a few people that you have to manage. However, most patients have families and friends in far larger numbers than this. This means that you may, very quickly, find yourself entrenched in interfamily politics, put into ethically untenable positions, and generally spending a great deal of time turning people down in their hunt for information. Although it should be the job of the immediate family to manage the others, this responsibility often falls to the nurse.
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