Interpersonal skills

  • Neil Niven
  • Jill Robinson
Part of the Psychology Applied to Nursing series book series


What makes a good nurse? If a representative sample of the population were asked to answer this question, one of the most common responses would be something like ‘Well, a nurse has to be able to care for his or her patients’. Caring is a term often used to describe a general attitude towards people involving concern, empathy and expertise. Generally, most people agree that caring is important, but, when asked to determine how it can be developed, usually resort to the response that you are either born with the ability to care or you are not. Caring is not seen as something that can be taught.


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© Neil Niven and Jill Robinson 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil Niven
    • 1
  • Jill Robinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine and DentistryUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Suffolk and Great Yarmouth College of Nursing and Midwifery, and Suffolk CollegeIpswichUK

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