Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Purpose & Scope

  • This guideline will address the therapeutic relationship and its central importance to nursing practice
  • Effective nursing practice is dependent on an effective therapeutic relationship between the nurse and the client
  • The guideline addresses the qualities and capacities of an effective therapeutic relationship, the state of knowledge, and the knowledge needed to be effective in a therapeutic relationship
  • To implement a therapeutic relationship successfully, an organization’s characteristics and workplace values must be supportive and in place
Establishing Therapeutic Relationship
Background Information