In your time here at the Allen School you will learn many new things from clinical skills to professional best practices that will all help you begin your career as a healthcare professional. However one of the most important skills you can develop as you start working towards your goal of becoming a Medical or Nursing Assistant is the skill of actively listening to your patients. Below you will find a few tips to help you develop this vital skill.
- Face the speaker and maintain eye contact
- Be attentive, but relaxed
- Keep an open mind
- Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying
- Don’t interrupt and don’t impose your “solutions”
- Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions
- Ask questions only to ensure understanding
- Try to feel what the speaker is feeling
- Give the speaker regular feedback
- Pay attention to what isn’t being said – to non-verbal cues
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