What Do You Need

The practitioner requires good skills in communication, and most importantly the ability to listen to what is being said. Don't just listen to what is being said, but to how it is being said. You will learn a lot from the tone, speed and volume of the conversation. Fear, embarrassment or anger may be demonstrated in the way that the person is interacting with you. You must be aware of why you are asking the questions and what is the significance of the responses that are obtained (Clutterbuck, 2004). This is explained later in the chapter.

The other key skills that are required are a comprehensive knowledge of the common sexually acquired infections/conditions. This will include the signs,

Advanced Clinical Skills for GU Nurses. Edited by Matthew Grundy-Bowers and Jonathan Davies © 2007 John Wiley & Sons Ltd symptoms and transmission routes. You should be able to link the symptoms being described to a potential diagnosis, and you must be aware of the range of tests that you have available to you, with the turnaround time for results (Jones & Barton, 2004).

You will also need a room or space where you can talk privately and openly; this can be an issue in some hospital areas or clinics. You must be able to provide somewhere where you will not be overheard or interrupted if your history-taking is to be accurate (Potter & Flory, 2004).

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