The medical professional who understands patient’s concerns, needs and anxiety is a nurse. An importance of nursing is understanding that nurses are at the forefront of medical practices, health literacy and patient advocating! As National Nurses Week approaches, it’s important to understand the importance of nursing each and every day!
Often times, nurses are the first ones to respond to patients. Whether it be they need more medication to condolences, a nurse is there every step of the way. A nurse is the one who is taking care of the patient during their stay at the hospital. Who else would respond to their needs and medical concerns?
Nurses are the first to respond to patients and the ones who are changing the healthcare landscape inside the facilities. As Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN states, “Nurses are the most trusted health profession. Nurses approach healthcare from a holistic standpoint. We think all of those things are a part of a culture of health vision and that’s why nurses are so important.”
As Kuehnert continues to state is that nurses are the ones who are providing the main methods of care, which in return, is helping to create the culture inside of the hospitals and facilities that everyone inhabits. A healthy, positive culture is created by nurses for patients to heal as best as possible; while, creating and maintaining a healthier culture, nurses have mandated patient care models in place that need to be followed.
From patient satisfaction levels to patient experience and care, a large majority of this is dependent on nurses. The importance of nursing goes farther than making sure the patient’s pillows are fluffed, it deals with their overall experience and understanding of their medical conditions. If these patient care models are lacking in certain hospital and facilities, patients might switch to a different care provider for their next visit.
No matter the day, week or holiday nurses are always there for their patients. Who does a patient trust and depend on the most in a hospital? The nurses. The nurses are the first to respond, uphold and maintain a healthy culture, treat their patients and continue to advocate for their patients.
Nurses are advocates for their patients. How do nurses do this?
“The nurse protects the client’s human and legal rights and provides assistance in asserting those rights if the need arises.” This means that the nurses is protecting all of the patient’s legal rights while making sure to provide the best care possible. A nurse can be a patient advocate by providing information on treatments, offering the patient options, helping with medical literacy, understanding complaints and offering the best possible solutions.
These are just a couple of different ways nurses are advocating for their patients. While nurses are trying to do this consistently, there are challenges to patient adovacting from retaliation from other nurses to appearing incompetent to physicians and other medical staff.
At the end of the day, nurses are critical to the healthcare industry. WIthout nurses, who knows what would happen! Thank you to all nurses out there!
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