Anyone in that’s been in the care of a nurse for a minor incident or a more serious incident, whether in a doctor’s office or in a hospital or nursing home setting, you know firsthand the key role that the nurses play in the well being of each patient. Nurse’s responsibilities are multi faceted and enormously effective.
One of the main responsibilities of each and every nurse is to ensure the ultimate physical well being of each and every patient they come in contact with. Very often it is the nurse that comes in contact with the patient more than the doctor him/her self. From the initial visit in the doctor’s office to a lengthy hospital stay, the nurse takes the lead. Most often the nurse is in the room with the patients and they are the one whom the patient relates their symptoms too. A nurse has to be on her toes and be able to use her fifth sense to pick up on small nuances to tell over to the doctor. A nurse in a hospital or in a long term care facility will be seeing and speaking with each patient daily, much more often than the doctors. It’s therefore the nurses responsibility to pick up on changes in behavior or health to ensure the patients well being.
A nurse is also responsible for administrating drugs to numerous patients. It is up to the nurse to double check each and every script to make sure that the drugs prescribed is correct and that what they are giving is in fact the one prescribed and in the correct dosage too. The nurses will closely monitor the effectiveness that the drug has on the patient and whether or not they need to be adjusted in any way. The responsibilities are really huge.
Also a nurse has an unwritten obligation to exude an air of confidence and professionalism to all that they come in contact with. That is one of the main reasons that Medical Scrubs are worn by all in the health industry. Take a look at the new Dickies Gen Flex medical scrubs line. Wearing these uniforms allow those in the industry to look professional and allow them the ultimate in flexibility and performance. You need to earn the patients and family members trust. The patient and the family members need to believe that they are being entrusted in responsible, knowledgeable and professional hands. Looking professional and acting in a professional manner will go a long way for a nurse
Of course, another responsibility of the nurse includes that of the emotional well being each and every patient. A nurse in a cheery and upbeat disposition will lend itself to the patient as well. And the patient’s mood and frame of mind has a very large impact on their recuperation and well being. A smile and a warm word will go a long way in the actual healing process. Being a nurse is not an easy feat with all the responsibilities involved, yet it is a truly rewarding and satisfying job.