Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Practice Recommendations
  1. The nurse must acquire the necessary knowledge to participate effectively in therapeutic relationships.
  2. Reflective Practice and Self Awareness

  3. Establishment of a therapeutic relationship requires reflective practice. This concept includes the required capacities of: self-awareness, self-knowledge, empathy, awareness of ethics, boundaries and limits of the professional role.
  4. The Process of Developing a Therapeutic Relationship

  5. The nurse needs to understand the process of a therapeutic relationship and be able to recognize the current phase of his/her relationship with the client.