In healthcare institutions, nurses are the backbone of every healthcare and always the first contact patients meet on the arrival into the hospital. The nurses’ ability to communicate effectively with patients influence patients’ care and their belief about care. Through effective communication, nurses help patients to know and understand their health problems and give them guide on how to care for themselves. Effective nurse-patient communication requires listening and honesty. This will enable patients to talk about health issues including emotional, social, mental problems that disturb them.
I thought that this would be a great way to develop a better understanding of the career and what it takes to care for others. The STNA classes I completed to receive certification and the work as a patient aid that followed helped me confirm that I was making the right choice with respect to my career choice. I worked as a personal care aid in an assisted living home to gain knowledge and experience and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. Working in the health care field provided a chance to care for the elderly and watch nurses do their jobs. I saw at first-hand the impact of diseases including, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but more importantly, I witnessed the impact of empathy and good care had on a patient and their families.
Compassion is showing care for others and displaying a positive attitude towards the care and concern of others. According to How does it really feel to be in my shoes? Patients' experiences of compassion within nursing care and their perceptions of developing compassionate nurse, "The importance of this relational aspect of compassion to the participants in this study cannot be overlooked when planning and implementing care. Compassion is a process that can be nurtured through attention to patient-centered assessment and planning of care. Patient centeredness is no stranger to nursing discourse, however, adopting this element to care and compassion is challenging in today's healthcare arena, especially when treating massively increased numbers of patients" (Bramley and Matiti, 2014).
There is a lot of technical and clinical information that the one will need as a nurse: critical thinking and communication skills, patient assessment skills, understanding disease management protocols and development of care plans (just to name a few), most of which is only obtainable through college or technical school and on the job experience. Respect for the patient, the patient’s support system, as well as, respect for yourself is another essential trait necessary to be a successful registered nurse. If patients are sick or worrying about what might be wrong with them, they are going to understandably be anxious or upset (and probably both). Part of practicing compassion as a nurse is recognizing situations like this – and so many more – and striving to help patients maintain their dignity through it all. This requires honest and straightforward communication.
As an NP, we spend the majority of our time with the patients, which give us the advantage of being connected to the patient more than other health care providers. Also, we gain their trust, bond with them and develop a strong relationship with them. Conveying bad news should be taught throughout the continuum of nursing education, with basic skills being introduced early in the curriculum and graduated learning and skill-building opportunities provided appropriate to the developing health care providers e.g. permitting students to be present during the provision of bad news to patients and/or family members. Bringing the learner into such difficult and emotionally charged situations requires that faculty can both role-model appropriate skills and commit to prepare and debrief the learner for effective learning to occur.
Nurses are well educated to manage an array of tasks related to decision making, prioritizing, and organizing, but interruptions can interfere with this cognitive process. (Chard, 2015) Because nurses are often very busy during their shifts sometimes information might be missed. It is because of these unintended omissions the nurse receiving the patients must also be able to know what questions they need to ask. He or she must be able to posses the knowledge of what they may to need to know about a patient. If the patient has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for example, the nurse might want to know what their carbon dioxide level is or what their oxidation levels have been for the last 24 hours.
Knowing who the decision maker in the family is helps the nurse relay information to the right person without hurting other family members with information they cant handle. Nurses have to be able to what to tell to each family member and this helps speed up decision plus saving lives. Nurses have to have this skill and this takes coaching, time and learning. View on disease
Moreover, knowledge, competency and confidence, gain through clinical experience. Furthermore, novice nurses are taught to practice on simulated patients, which may increase their self-efficacy, self-confidence and clinical judgment. According to Stefanski and Rossler (2009) Use of simulator in nursing training develops skills without compromising patient safety and it also allows novice nurses to work on a critically ill patient. Undoubtedly, it is true that nurses are taught during their nursing programs on simulators but literature says working on simulator does not make them confident enough to providing competent care in life and death situation. (Greenwood, 2000, as cited in Saintsing, Gibson & Pennington, 2011).
Abandonment and Nursing The career of nursing is more than just healing the sick. Nursing often causes nurses to face moral and ethical dilemmas. “Ethics refers to principles of right and wrong behaviors, beliefs, and values (Zerwekh & Garneau, 2015, p. 420).” When new graduate nurses begin their careers the first twelve months are a great time to gain a better understanding of personal beliefs and how they can affect patient care. Nursing is a highly respected profession and patients will seek advice from nurses. Therefore, nurses should learn how to react to situations that may not align completely with their own personal moral or ethical beliefs.
For example, when patient asks for a favour to be showered despite odd timings or during busy hours, nurses have to obey their needs and meet their expectations. Therefore, patients will gradually feel that they are well taken care of during their stay in the hospital. Without good communication, there will not be a good healthcare service. The Importance of Good Communication between Patient and Health Professional, Journal of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology (2011), wrote that “Communication is the most important component of our work with patients. It is the cornerstone of our interaction with people.
They were discussing ways that were fair to both patients without compromising their needs or care. In my opinion, the psych techs and security guards provide the most genuine care to the patients. They are always in the dayroom or hallways socializing with the patients or participating in crafts with them. If I had a question about the patient, I asked the psyche techs as they knew most aspects of their lives. We attended two group sessions for the remainder of the
Sally also had a question on informed consent, which we explained to her and told her daughter can be the new health proxy for her. As we got more into the scenario, I felt a bit more confident because these are some questions we can ask and almost fell like a real patient talking to us. These questions sally was asking are very relevant and realistic; questions that a patient might ask in the preoperative phase. I remember when I went into surgery, I was asking the doctors and nurses questions upon questions because of the fear of unknown. If the patient knows the information and the facts, the patient is more comfortable and is less anxious.
In addition to, learning communication techniques, the program will demonstration how to stay calm in situations that may cause some type of violence in the workplace with the patient, by establishing problem-solving, good judgment, and maybe offer advice skills. But furthermore, DBHDD preceptorship program will bring forth value to the organization, through describing basic interpersonal skilled with the patient. Suitable interpersonal skills are what each mental health nurse needs to build to establish a relationship with the individuals. In order to communicate effectively with mental health patients, nurses must work towards being
One common thing each article involved was that it related directly to HE321 health counseling and the curriculum we covered in class. Mental health does not only affect individual but it affects our society as a whole. As a counselor you must help clients with issues from depression to substance abuse and help clients not only overcome their challenged but develop into healthier human beings mentally as well. Each article was articulated, well balanced and well supported with evidence. Each article also integrated CBT and a client centered approach in a clinical setting in order to create the opportunity for clients to develop skill needed to prevent relapse and treat their problems with substance abuse.
In hopes to broaden my knowledge I found a career in rehab services that would expose me in the area of occupational therapy. I currently work in a hospital as a Rehab Technician and have a passion for helping those around me. Everyday I admire the role of occupational therapy and discovered how rewarding and uplifting this field can be. I’ve developed new skills when working with my patients. I am able to encourage and motivate patients who are suffering from strokes, heart attacks, brain tumors, cancer and various physical and emotional ailments.