Reframing nurses' time to enhance interpersonal interactions in dementia care

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Spending time with a person with dementia to develop a rapport is vitally important for nurses who are attempting to deliver high-quality care. However, finding opportunities to spend meaningful time with a person with dementia can be challenging due to the nature of busy clinical environments. Further, spending time with people may be considered a non-essential use of a nurse's time by some colleagues. These factors can result in inadequate outcomes for both the person with dementia and the nurse providing the care. This article outlines a rationale for reframing the time nurses have available to spend with people with dementia. The author explains the concepts of 'ways of being' and 'mentalising' and how these can assist nurses to provide a more authentic presence during their interactions with people with dementia. [Abstract copyright: © 2022 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.]
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing older people
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2022


  • neurology
  • clinical
  • dementia
  • communication
  • active listening
  • dementia-friendly communities
  • interpersonal skills
  • professional
  • nurse-patient relationships


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