Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog Review: Guest Blog: Staying Late At Work: You're Going To Have To

My favorite blog was “Guest Blog: Staying Late At Work: You’re Going To Have To”. What I like about the appearance of the blog is I like the fact how it has an image on the background of nursing tools. It doesn't really have any colors, it’s just the background image that has color which it has grey and black. It may not have creativity, but I still like it especially since the blog is about how what you experience or expect when you stay in late to start your shift and other information. The blog post does not have any labels, but what the title tells what the blog is about is what nurses have to go through when they stay in late to work, but depending what their shift hours are. Also on how staying in late at work or how many hours you do, you get paid hourly, which in that case it’s a great opportunity, but a difficult, tiring thing to do. 

What the Guest Blog: Staying Late At Work: You’re Going To Have To” blog post about is it talks about how often do you stay later than your shift demands, what kinds of unexpected things happen, how does it make you feel, and last but not least it asks if nurses go through the same. It talks about how nurses get paid hourly and by that, it’s a huge blessing how much they get paid. I mean some people work in offices, business industries, engineers, etc and they get paid salary. Those jobs are also as stressful as being a nurse, especially staying in late at work and they get paid the same amount. On the other hand, the blog post to me was credible. It didn't have any sources of information, but it was a personal reflection.

Friday, March 6, 2015

How To Deal With Difficult Patients As A Nurse

In nursing, most nurses don't like the patients they take care of because people in general are/can be difficult to deal with. in addition to that, their medications and conditions such as confusion can make the patient behave in a way that nurses won't understand. Also, some patients just never seem to be satisfied with anything their caretaker does for them. For example, one way to deal with a difficult patient is to always remember in what position the patient is in. Most patients may feel that they're not getting enough attention or that people aren't listening to their concerns. Not only that but one as a nurse, has to know that the patient is sick, may be uncomfortable, frustrated, or frightened. I mean it's not their choice to be patients; it's the nurses choice to be a nurse.

Another way to deal with a difficult patient is whenever they're talking to you, don't just hear what they're saying, listen to them. You have to be able to let them know that you're paying attention to them like keeping eye contact with them. Don't just stand there with your arms crossed, don't keep looking at your watch making it seem like you have someplace else more important to be. As a matter of fact, it's been said that approximately 80% of our communication is nonverbal so that is why it's important to listen to them.

Lastly, another way to deal with difficult patients is to be nice, be caring and keep your promises. As a nurse, it's their role not to just provide safe care, but also provide them support, information and reassurance to the patients. Not being nice to the patients will just cause them not to be nice to you. Nurses make commitments to these things when they choose nursing.

Monday, March 2, 2015

How To Communicate With Patients As A Nurse

One way to communicate with patients as a nurse is to get to know your patient. As a nurse it is important to know about your patient rather than just their health problems/process. For example, some things you can ask them is what their hobby is, if they have any children, or other interests in particular. That may help the patient feel comfortable talking about that with you. You can also introduce yourself, like tell them about you or you can explain to them your role in your patient's care.  I mean theirs usually some nurses who just go in and do what they have to do and not really communicate with their patient. Now in that case, doing that will not help you increase your communication skills towards your patients. Some patients don't feel comfortable for their physicians to check in them because they both don't have the connection where the patient doesn't feel comfortable.

Another way to communicate with patients as a nurse is to educate them. Patients trust us, along with their physicians, to be their educators. It is important that the patients know/understand what their treatment options and also know the the understanding of the healing process so that they can make educated choices. Some ways to be able to educate them is to either offer them reading materials, provide video resources, or etc. When educating your patient, you have to be sensitive to visual.  Through education, patients can be made aware of their disease process and potential treatment options. I mean educating patients is not as easy as one might think.

Lastly, another way to communicate with patients as a nurse is to remain calm and friendly. Being respectful to our patients is important. Not only that but you also have to be respectful to the choices and preferences they make. Making eye contact and appropriate non-verbal gestures when communicating is also another important thing to do. You can start by leaning forward to the direction of the patient. Do not cross your legs or fold your arms as these are defensive postures. All this will clearly demonstrate the patient that you are listening to them which they will appreciate.