A critical review of what has been noted about the four principles of interpersonal communication demonstrates that King (2000) has provided the definitive source for reviewing these issues. According to King, interpersonal communication is: inescapable, irreversible, complicated and contextual. Using these four principles as a basis for research, the current investigation provides a review of each of the four principles and the implication of each of these principles for the nursing professional. A situation is described in which the four principles of interpersonal communication are examined along with a review of how these principles can strengthen and enhance communication in the nursing environment.
The Four Principles
Interpersonal Communication is Inescapable
The idea of interpersonal communication as inescapable is grounded in the idea that regardless of what the professional does, interpersonal communication will be a necessary component of human interaction. In the context of nursing practice, Aled (2007) argues that the issue of interpersonal communication…