Throughout nursing practice, there are considerable efforts required to develop new perspectives and approaches to improve communication among nurses and with specific patient populations. Nurses must interact successfully with their patients and with each other in order to achieve effective outcomes. It is important to recognize specific strategies that will accommodate specific nursing cultures and how these integrate into other required practices to ensure that patient care is effective and optimal at all times. In conducting a health assessment, it is important to identify specific methods of communication that will improve discussions between healthcare providers and patients. In addition, it is necessary to consider the different communication strategies that will be most effective in specific situations, such as in groups or in one-on-one conversations. Finally, it is necessary to address barriers to communication that may interfere with the quality of care and treatment that is provided to patients. Each of these factors is important in promoting effective communication for nurses and for patients.