A little early, but pretend I’m on the East coast. Icky day shift hours tomorrow 🙁
If there were no medicines (all of the pharmaceutical companies went away) what would be the most important part of your job (educating the patient and family, wound care, back rubs, hygiene, physical therapy, etc)?
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Most important would be the understanding and time given to patients (residents in my case). I feel like nursing has strayed away from the personal care and has become more about the paperwork. I believe more time for one on one care would greatly benefit those we care for.
Assessment, assessment, assessment! I can’t do anything without it. Following that, the personal touch of a nurse is the single most healing thing we do!
I believe our most important function in nursing is patient advocate. I believe often timed nurses have to look out for the patient despite the patient or doctors involved. It has always bothered me how everything falls on our shoulders but after catching crazy dr’s orders, pharmacy mistakes ect. I can see the need. Also I think patient education about patient health issued and rights and personal responsibility for their own health is just as important. It’s my favorite part of the job to ensure my patients feel empowered regarding their care, that they get it that they can say no to a dr or nurse, that they know their bodies better than anyone, and their communication with all health are staff is very important to their care.
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