Because They Are Juggling A Mountain Of Tasks, Nurses Deserve A Big Round Of Applause
If you have received healthcare services, you probably interacted with a nurse. The care you received is only part of the mountain of tasks that nurses juggle daily. Pegasus caregivers in Moor Park and elsewhere want you to know why nurses deserve a big round of applause.
Although nurses are professionals, they often aren’t accorded the status they deserve. Doctors have prestige, but they couldn’t do their jobs without the support of nurses. National Nurses Day is one way to recognize the role nurses have in your quality healthcare.
In order to be a nurse, individuals are expected to have:
- The clinical skills needed to assess and treat your concerns
- The organizational skills necessary to efficiently complete all their daily tasks
- The communication skills to work with other healthcare professionals
- The ability to cope with emergencies and unexpected developments
Regardless of the demands on their time, nurses will always be respectful and compassionate toward you.
Nurses Complete A Grueling Curriculum
Aspiring nurses can enroll in a diploma program at some hospitals. They receive hands-on training while completing formal classwork over the course of two years. Graduates understand the basics of patient care.
Degree programs provide the in-depth training that nurses need. They can earn an Associate, Bachelor, or Masters degree. Their training includes, but isn’t limited to:
- Microbiology and immunology
- Caring for complex diseases
- Patient management care
- Public health
- Understanding anesthesia
- Critical care
Their studies teach them administrative expertise as well as clinical skills. They learn critical thinking and how important it is to pay attention to details. They also learn how to use medical instruments and computer programs.
There’s almost no limit to the jobs that nurses do. They have positions of responsibility in doctor’s offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and nursing homes. Many, such as the Pegasus caregivers, provide services in their patient’s home.
Most nurses are on their feet all day. Oftentimes, they’re so busy that their lunch break passes by unnoticed. Bathroom breaks are frequently skipped.
Nurses are always there for you, sometimes at the expense of spending time with their families. They offer reassurance when you need it. Your well-being is a nurse’s priority, and they speak up for you when necessary.
Nurses Do Everything
Your first contact with a nurse may be when they record your medical history. They know what questions to ask about your condition to ensure proper treatment. You are an individual to them, and they’ll remember how you feel and what you need even hours later.
A nurse will administer any medications if you’re in a facility. They also assist with administering and monitoring medications if you’re receiving home care. They make sure you know what the meds are for and answer any questions you have.
Your blood, vomit, or other bodily discharges don’t faze a nurse. They’ll stay calm and get you through whatever your body is doing. Many of the tasks nurses do are jobs that others are either too squeamish or just don’t want to do.
Nurses recognize that you have emotional, as well as physical, needs. You have their support during every facet of your care. And when you’re stressed or otherwise not at your best, they continue their care without judging you.
If you’re the patient, your nurse will inform and reassure your family members. If your family member is a patient, their nurse will take the time to inform and comfort you. Compassion is a nurse’s middle name.
Nurses Appreciate A Thank You
It’s easy to take a nurse for granted. After all, you or your family member is unwell, and it’s the nurse’s job to care for you. Isn’t it enough that they get paid?
No, it is not. A simple thank you goes a long way while you’re receiving care. A handwritten note or a thank-you card when you feel better is always welcome.
When a nurse, or anyone at a care facility, does something extra special, send a note to their supervisor. It never hurts for a supervisor to know they have an exceptional individual on their staff. It may help with a promotion or pay raise.
Little gifts are appropriate. You may not know them well enough for a personal item, but a gift certificate shows your appreciation. Nurses always need pens, and they’ll love receiving a dozen of your favorite brand.
Remember that nurses often skip their lunches. A basket of healthy snacks, or a plate of cookies, helps keep their energy up. Or call your favorite sandwich shop and have a selection delivered to the nurse’s station.
Patients are in close proximity to each other in nursing homes and similar facilities. If you’re following the news, you know that COVID-19 is taking a terrible toll on patients and nurses. Pegasus caregivers in Moor Park and our other locations give you the advantage of care in your home.
Pegasus is a licensed Home Care Organization and a Joint Commission Accredited Home Health Care organization. Since 1994, we’ve helped individuals remain safe and independent in their home. We’re recognized as an industry leader because of the consistently high-quality care we provide.