There are numerous of characteristics that make upan extraordinary nurse. Whether it may be a nurse who is prioritized, a nursewho has delegation, one who abides in safety, or one who is caring. Althoughthese characteristics are conjoined, I feel as though a nurse who is caring sthe characteristic that is the most important. To be a caring nurse is what Ilike to call a blessing. Nurses are required to have an extensive andcontemporary knowledge in order to provide patient centered care.
Patients andfamily members of patients expect nurses to have knowledge of their diagnosiswhile also being sympathetic towards them and their needs. I will be discussingthe importance of art of nursing as well as science of nursing. Both of thesego hand on hand on becoming an exceeding nurse so you will need these two ofthese qualities. The art of nursing is the act of beingcompassionate towards your patients.
Majority of patients are looking forwardof being well taken care of when admitted to a hospital, doctor’s office, etc.Not too many tools or guidelines can teach you how to have this specificquality. According to (Dempsey Reily and Bulhman, 2014 also Lusk and Fater, 2013),the care and empathy towards patients are difficult to define but definitelyintensify the condition of their experience.For example, the journal gave us information on acase of a 32 year old man. His name is J.P which he was admitted into thehospital for a bowel obstruction. J.P is mentally and physically challenged andhas been since birth.
His family was perturbed on how the nurses will be ableto give him proper care and attention due to his challenges. The authormentioned how the nurses took multiple actions of tenderness to communicatewith him. The nurses asked his family if they have a nickname for him they cancall him to give him a sense of safety. The nurses also took the action towrite on the board that “nonverbal assessment” was needed. They took furtheractions by also giving him massages on his hands and feet. Each time a nurseentered the room, they would greet J.P first and then his family, alsoverbalizing their actions to taking care of J.P.
The family felt moved by thenumerous nurses and their actions to taking care of their loved ones. Althoughtechnology and the up to date knowledge helped with J.P’s recovery, it was thesense of love and patient centered care that the family will remember. Thenurses exercised the art of nursing to satisfy the complex medical and physicalneeds of the patient. To further elaborate, the science of nursing also plays animportant role. A nurse is also expected to have the combination of skills,performance and attitudes alongside with a vary of academic knowledge andclinical experience. Almost every five years, new information about diseases,medicines and etc are put out and nurses are required to be up to date with thenew changes.
It’s the nurses job to comply with the changes. According to OncologyNursing Society (ONS) 2013, “nurses must engage in lifelong learning and continuingcompetency and is the fundamental tenet of professional nursing.” To add on toJ.P’s case, the team of nurses did use technology and updated information totreat his condition and take care of him. The science of nursing did help withhis recovery but the most important thing is that him and his family willremember is the act of compassion these phenomenal team of nurses took.
Being anurse who has compassion makes a huge impact on people’s life. People willalways remember the nurse who took care of them with love and kindness. As anurse, we made a dedication to change people’s life to our best ability and to complywith their condition and make them feel loved and cared for. Being able to nurturesomeone who isn’t related to you is truly a blessing in my eye and is a act thatyou can’t study to perfection.In a nut shell, the art of nursing plays a humongous role.
Takingtime to connect with patients and show signs of compassion and sympathy makes theirstay at the hospital endurable. They already have heard bad news, the last thingthey would want is a nurse who doesn’t show interest in actually taking care ofthem. Nurses strive to keep the family empowered and engaged in what’s going on.I wouldn’t say missing this characteristic would make you any less of a nurse butit is definitely a characteristic that majority of patients look forward to oncetheir admitted into the hospital. I like to use this example, think about that patientyou are about to take care of. What if that person was a relative or someone youdeeply care about.
How would you like that person to be taken care of? I’m prettysure you would want to cater to their needs and make them feel comfortable. Thesame thing would apply to those other patients. They deserve an act of compassiontoo.