THEORY OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
In almost all of BSN Students' clinical exposure,
we observed that most patients do not readily trust
their assigned nurses. We find it significant that;
health care provider should not prejudge the patients.
Although, at times, nurses felt this “psychological
threats” from patients especially in the psychiatric
ward. Despite these experiences we find the need to
continue working in calm and firm manner.
Every day, we carry out our roles by greeting
people around us courteously specially our patients.
“Maayong buntag higala... kamusta na man ka?
Maayo ba ang imong pagtulog kagabii?”(Good
morning my friend! How's your day? Did you sleep
well last night?) Unsa man ang imong nahinumduman
sa kanta?” or “Sa imong nakita sa litrato, unsa man
ang imong pagsabot niini?” (What did you remember
after hearing the song?) (Based on what you have
seen in the picture, how did you understand what's
inside? We always orient them to practical but vital
situations: ask the date, time and the place where
they are located. The most important probably is to
treat them in a way that we are communicating and
HILDEGARD E. PEPLAU interacting to a normal person and not differently.
We realized that nurses should be careful in terms of the words they utter. It must be easily
comprehensible in the level of the patients, not harsh nor offensive which will trigger them to
become angry. Indeed, feelings are hard to be communicated, but an effective nurse is able to
express in a friendly and comforting manner. Above all, the best insight we have perhaps is that,
we are not merely there to study them but to let them feel that life is worth living, that the person
they are worth to care and we are ready to care for them.”
Conceptualized by: Acaso, Roxiel J.; Alfeche, Emeralva B.; Aureo, Leslie Jane S.; Bagana, Jayson P. and Cortez, Randy D.
The theory of Interpersonal Relationship by Peplau includes psychodynamic
nursing. It states that,“ it is being able to understand one's own behavior to help
others identify felt difficulties, and to apply principles of human relations to the
problem that arise at all levels of experience." because the nurse and patient are
stranger to each other, the nurse should treat the patient with ordinary courtesy.
In other words the nurse should not prejudge the patient but accept him/ her as a
person. During this time, the nurse should treat the patient as emotionally able
unless evidenced indicates otherwise. That's why the patient is not only the object
of nursing action, but also a partner in the nursing process.
Reference: Tomey, A. M., and Alligood, M. R., 2002. Nursing theorist and their work. (5th ed.) Mosby, Inc.