What makes for a good hospital? Most people answer with good, experienced doctors. True. But what makes for a great hospital? The answer is – nurses. The silent yet ever important part of the hospital, nurses are not just caregivers, they are the patients’ advocates and health educators of patients, their families and the community as a whole. The following quote by Rawsi Williams best highlights the great duty carried out by nurses throughout the world -
“To do what nobody else will do,
in a way, nobody else can do,
in spite of all we go through;
that is to be a nurse.”
What do nurses do?
People don’t believe that the work of a nurse encompasses a lot. But the truth is that for a nurse to be good at his/her job, they need to be adaptable and competent. Nurses take on different roles throughout the day and also throughout their careers. When administering direct patient care, nurses are required to monitor, analyse and record patient symptoms, reactions and progress. Their service is as important as that of doctors in the performance of treatments, examinations and rehabilitation.
With the constantly changing medical field and the day-to-day innovations that appear in the medical landscape, nurses need to continuously learn about upcoming technologies, medicines and medical procedures to provide the best possible care for patients. Apart from being great managers and expert care providers, they also have o be skilled in communication. Since they spend more time than even doctors with patients, it is essential that nurses are adept at interacting with patients, putting them at ease and helping in their recovery. It only when the cure and care fields of medicine work together that a patient recovers completely. And the nurses play an important role in this regard.
“They may forget your name,
but they will never forget how
you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou
Nursing as a profession does not just end with giving the patients medication on time or ensuring they are comfortable. The nursing practice has many systems and processes in place that helps in the smooth functioning of the healthcare centre and also ensures relevant data regarding patient medical histories, measures of treatment and other important facts are recorded properly and kept safe for future references. The nursing process consists of 5 steps: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. These 5 steps are common throughout the field of nursing and are the common factors that unite different types of nurses who work in varied fields. These steps make the core of nursing practice and are essential in imparting holistic, patient-centric care. Nurses also play an important role learning process of young medical interns and residents. Experienced nurses are able to help young practitioners with their years and knowledge and are many times responsible for preventing major mishaps.
So, the next time you are in the hospital, please make sure to thank the nurses too. For though the doctor diagnosed and treated you, the nurse brought you back to health. All of us at Vikram Hospital would like to say a huge thank you to all our nurses and the nurses positioned throughout the world for the amazing work that you do.