Carla Remondini on Language's Effect on A Patient's Ability to Cope

​Carla Remondini, MSN, RN-BC, AGCNS-BC, OCN, of Scripps Mercy Hospital, discuss how language, particularly the use of military metaphors, can affect a patient's ability to cope with cancer.

Carla Remondini, MSN, RN-BC, AGCNS-BC, OCN, of Scripps Mercy Hospital, discusses how language, particularly the use of military metaphors, can affect a patient's ability to cope with cancer.

Healthcare professionals should be aware of the language they use, and of the fact that certain metaphors such as "fighting cancer" and "your cancer battle,” can have a negative effect on some patients. Remondini suggests actively listening for what language the patient uses and taking their lead. Additionally, nurses can advocate for the language of cancer policy to be more inclusive and thoughtful, and for more research to be done in this area.