Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I {heart} nurses.

Did you know that today is Florence Nightingale's birthday? One of the first people ever to promote the idea of the nursing role. As a result it is National Nursing Day.

I was approached a couple of weeks ago by Jennifer. She wanted to know if she could write a piece about nursing for this blog. I jumped at the chance and what a better day to post on. I am so proud to be entering the nursing profession this year. I count everything I have learnt and the people I have cared for as a huge blessing. I cannot imagine myself doing anything but nursing. Below are Jennifer's 10 personal qualities a nurse should possess - enjoy :).

Nurse Appreciation: 10 Personal Qualities that Heal

Whether you're a patient, a health care professional, or just a fan of medical shows on TV, you've probably got your own strong opinions of nurses. A great nurse can make all the difference when you're in the hospital or doctor's office as an anxious patient or family member of a sick or injured one, and a collaborative, professional nurse is a welcome colleague when you're running around trying to do your own job in a clinic or hospital all day. And if you're the fan of the TV nurse, you may prefer your nurse to be a little less orthodox. Below, though, let's take a minute to show some real appreciation for the nurses who turn hospitals and health care facilities from scary, stressful places into comforting, productive ones. Here are 10 healing qualities of favorite nurses. Feel free to leave your awesome nurse experiences in the comments, too.
  1. Insightful: If you're a patient or family member of a patient, you're probably dealing with pain, stress, anxiety, and even fear. You rely on nurses who can anticipate your needs before you even realize them yourself.
  2. Respectful: No one reacts to sickness or injury the same way, which is why it's so important to have a nurse who respects your reactions, your lifestyle, and your personal privacy no matter how different you are from each other.
  3. Leadership: Doctors may have a higher degree and more responsibility when it comes to overseeing your care, but many times nurses have more face time with their patients. It's up to nurses to act as leaders for the family and other assistants and medical team members rushing in and out of the patient's room. If you're a medical professional, it's always good to have a nurse who's a great leader on your side, too.
  4. Adaptable: Whether you work or are a patient in a nursing home, hospital, doctor's office or other facility, you know that things change all the time. A good nurse won't be thrown by these changes and will instead know how to adapt quickly to the situation.
  5. Positivity: Who wants a pessimistic nurse? Even if things are going badly at work or with a patient, top nurses try to stay positive, at least on the outside.
  6. Cooperative: In the medical field, you've probably noticed lots of professionals with major egos. But patients need cooperative teams made up of all types of doctors, nurses and assistants to put away their egos and work together for their own health and safety.
  7. Committed: You can't expect a nurse to give up his or her home life just to sit by your bedside. But while they're at work, nurses should be fully committed and focused on the job at hand.
  8. Inspiring: Stand-out nurses aren't just great workers or comforting to patients -- they're also inspirational. They stand up for patients' and nurses' rights, serve as mentors to younger nurses, and manage to juggle a whirlwind of responsibilities and emotions day after day without losing their composure.
  9. Sympathetic: A sympathetic nurse understands that patients aren't used to being in the hospital and don't understand all of the chaos going on around them and will try to make the experience as painless as possible.
  10. A good communicator: Nurses have to have excellent communication skills, jumping from technical conversations with doctors to simplified explanations for patients. And a truly great nurse will also be able to use body language and unspoken communication to comfort his or her patients as well.
This guest post is contributed by Jennifer Johnson, who writes on the topics of Nurse Practitioner School.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id:  

So what are your experiences from nurses or nursing care you have received?


peny113 said...

Nice post about nurses. Really nurses are one of the few people in medical uniforms who are quite gentle but must be tough. It's good to know that there are many people who respect nurses though there are cases of people who are actually abusing and discriminating nurses. Many nurses could testify on that. Sometimes patients shout out loud at you and sometimes thinks of you as a sex object. Whew! Anyway being a nurse is a great privilege and as well as a great responsibility. These qualities are a must to nurses but we can't expect some nurses to be that perfect eh.;)

Kristen said...

Nurses are such good role models. I could never be a nurse. I don't think I have the dedication for it. But I admire people like you who do. You deserve several nursing days!

Anne said...

A couple of my friends are nurses and I admire them so much!

Janet said...

Nurses are really special people. My ex husband (Stacey's father) has just been diagnosed with colon cancer, and she has gone to be with him while he recovers. One of the things she commented on was the patience, love and compassion shared by the wonderful nurses. It must be very difficult sometimes. What a lovely post! Thank you to you and Jennifer for the insight!

I do what I want! said...

you are going to make a great nurse :-)

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