Who runs the hospital? What do nurses contribute in a hosptial or other healthcare facility? Just prior to writing this article, I wrote another one which was initiated by another article I had read. After this I read another one that said a lot of what I had read previously then wrote about.
This last one that I read said that “nurses are the heart of caring”, which is basically what the last one said. Then I gave the example that I had been told when I became the administrative head nurse in a facility. The human resource person was talking to a group of new leaders in all departments of the hospital. His specific words were that dietary runs dietary, housekeeping runs housekeeping, but nurses run the hospital.
Nurses play a very important role to patient care. Usually a patient comes in as a stranger. They have no connection, but the patient must trust this person to help him recover.
This is hard, especially in today’s world. We used to trust people, but today this has to be built upon. So much has happened in the world and in our lives that we now have to earn that trust. In healthcare that frequently is not possible. When a person comes into a hospital he probably is in dire straits and there is no time to build that trust. In fact in some cases one’s life is dependendant on the other person as soon as he gets there.
Not only do nurses play an important part in the care of the patient, both physically and emotionally; they, also, play an important part in the functioning of the hospital. As I said in my last blog, the nurse coordinates all of those involved in the patient’s care and recovery. Without this, the care of the patient would be very disjointed and perhaps even dangerous to the patient.
Have you ever had a patient that has several doctors involved, each prescribing meds and care for the patient. Sometimes it works against the patient. Some medications, for example, are contraindicated and should not be given together. It isn’t always the doctor’s fault. Sometimes, one doctor does not know that the patient is going to another doctor and sometimes to several other doctors. If he does not know this, how can he safely care for the patient.
I have a family member that had a liver transplant three years ago. Everything that is ordered for her is supposed to go through the liver transplant team. She has diabetes as well and has several other doctors involved in her care. This person knows that if her primary care doctor and if any doctor orders something for her, the transplant team is to be notified. For some reason she does not to do. Consequently it could be dangerous for her. Pharmacy staff should pick up on contraindications, but in this case the meds themselves may be fine together. However, one of them may not be alright because of the liver transplant, so it is vital that the transplant be informed.
In most situations, the nurse, especially in the hospital is the one that should and would be the one to coordianate all of the doctors and other departments involved in the patient’s care. I worked in home care for many years and here it is vital that the nurse do so. She is the one that knows or should find out, at least, who else is involved in the care of this person and then coordinate the care with the primary care doctor.
As you can see nurses are at the heart of caring and the heart of the hospital. This is not to say that other health care providers and care givers are not important in the care of the patient. Everyone has something to give and nurses could not do it alone. I don’t think that any nurse believes that she is more important than the respiratory therapist or the health care aide or housekeeping and dietary. All that I am trying to point out is how much the nurse does to keep things running and to see that it runs smoothly and safely for the patient.
What does she get out of it? Most nurse’s reward comes from giving to others and seeing them get well. It is the patient that rewards the nurse. Hospitals often don’t even acknowledge how much she gives, but if a patient thanks her or just smiles as he is leaving she gets her reward.
Nurses need to take care of themselves and reward themselves. Find things that make you feel good. At the very least give yourself a pat on the back and know that you were instrumental in them getting well. Most nurses just want to know that you know how much the nurse cared and gave without expecting any thing in return.
One way that a nurse can take care of herself is to do something that she is really interested in and passionate about. A perfect way to do this is to start her own business. What, you ask. That sounds daunting. However with guidance she can do it. I remember thinking this, too. I found a company that helps you to do just this.
I actually have three. I began by having another company do it for me, but I soon learned that it does not stop once you have a website to do this. You still have to work at it everyday and you have to really get involved in marketing. Designing the website is the easy part, but trust me it is possible.
Currently, I am not doing anything with the first site that was made for me. It was one that involved drop shipping, selling baby clothes. The clothes were absolutely beautiful, but the company that I was selling for stopped doing drop shopping. As of today I have not found another company to do this with and currently I am working on my other two.
I then came across this company called Wealthy Affiliates that teaches you step by step how to set up your company and market it. It teaches you everything you need to know to do this. The members are very supportive and helpful and you learn so much. I am so glad that I found this company. It really is great way to work as a nurse full time if you want to and then reward yourself by doing something else that you are passionate about.
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