“Humanizing Healthcare”, Episode #124

Among the most vulnerable times in a person’s life are those times when they are ill or injured and have to put their well-being – sometimes their very life – into the hands of healthcare professionals. We feel scared, vulnerable, alone, even when surrounded by loved ones. In many ways it is a very solitary, often terrifying journey. More than anything in the world, we need to feel nurtured, safe, and truly cared about. 

Melanie Sears, retired nurse, teacher & practitioner of Non-violent Communication for over 30 years, joins me again for an inspiring conversation about ways that we all can bring empathy into our conversations about mental and physical health issues with the persons who are facing them. 

Enjoy “Humanizing Healthcare”, Episode #124 of Co-creating Peace, a podcast series about conscious communication and conflict transformation.

Guided by NVC principles, Melanie crafted a new approach that replaces ‘power over’ with ‘power with’, and domination with collaboration, empowering people to foster more humane connections and nurture empathy in the healthcare arenas. 

Highlights you won’t want to miss include:
• From domination to partnership 
• How Nonviolent Communication transformed a high-risk psychiatric unit 
• The importance of demonstrating empathy without diverting attention to yourself
• Using empathy to support people through physical & emotional crises

In Episode #123, I had a great conversation with Melanie about the companion workbook to “Humanizing Healthcare”, “Choose Your Words”. 

Melanie Sears works with couples and individuals as a coach and empath. Contact Melanie at: awakegiraffe@gmail.com. You can learn more about Melanie and her work at: dnadialogues.com. Find her books at: nonviolentcommunication.com or on Amazon.

Other episodes that discuss NVC are Episodes #22, #43 & #44.