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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Medical Professionals and Touch
Emotional touch is the smile, the warm look into the patient's eyes, listening, and sharing tears or laughter. A nurse is very busy and it is not always easy to take the time to listen or provide the patient with the necessary emotional support. Actually, I believe that if a nurse takes the extra few minutes to truly "touch" the patient, his or her professional duties will be actually decreased. Cancer patients in particular have many fears, and the medical profession needs to be sensitive to how a smile or compassionate eyes can relieve many fears.
Spiritual touch is demonstrated through prayer, acts of kindness and love, and such energy channels as Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Kofutu, and Healing Touch. A nurse's prayer for her patients can be powerful. With my cancer, I knew that many people were praying for me, and still do.
How have you been touched? How do you "reach out and touch"? Share how a nurse's touch affected you. As a medical professional, how have you used touch to promote health and reduction of fear?