- Mental Health
Making a Difference as a Nurse Who Cares
Nurses are in the position to become the most heroic and comforting people in the world, especially to those who need a nurse’s tender loving care. Many of us who have been in the hospital for any length of time can still remember the type of love and care received from a nurse who understood and cared about our wellbeing.
As a nurse, you can make a difference in the life of patients on an ongoing basis. For you, a career is not just simply a job. It’s a divine mission. Sometimes you will stand between the portal of life and death when it comes to treating patients. The mood in which they exit the world could very much depend on how you make them feel. Will you inspire them, comfort them? Or Will they be glad to escape from the likes of you and your attitude?
To amplify your ability to become a nurse who makes a difference through caring, you need to adopt a unique perception of your work as a person who creates peace, love, and joy within other human beings.
Once such mindset is adopted, you are ready to change the lives of the most vulnerable people under your watch.
Never allow a patient to feel isolated
When you walk into a room to administer a patient’s medicine, don’t let the conversation be just about the treatment. Do the small talk. Ask them how they are feeling and let them know how much of a pleasure it is to take care of them.
Avoid Yelling, Regardless of the Condition
Somedays will not be perfect. Either you or the patient will have a difficult day. But don’t allow your negative attitude to class with that of the person you are trying to positively influence. Bite your unwholesome words if necessary. Smile and keep your response simple but sweet.
Enjoy listening to the Patient
Many patients have interesting and entertaining stories to tell just about everything you can think about. Listen to them. You could learn and gain a ton of insights on things that will help enhance your life and affairs. For example, suppose you have been thinking about buying a house, but you don’t know how to connect with a good mortgage broker.
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Well, just by talking and listening to your patient, who might happen to be a mortgage broker, you could be lead to the most trusted connections to finding a magnificent home.
Now, you can see that making a different in the life of the patient is not a one-way affair. When you positively change the life of another person, your life is transformed as well.
Apply the Touch of Love
The power of touch will go a long way in proving that you care for a person. A simple but frequent touch on the hands, arms, shoulders or face will be enough to create an intimate connection. Just like baby’s love to be touched and held, so does people, especially those who are in the most vulnerable stage of life.
Make the Patient Laugh
You may not have integrated a sense of humor with your nursing skills, but try to get people smiling and laugh as much as you can. We know that laughter can lift the spirits of the people surrounding us. That’s the reason great comedians, including Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, are so popular among people all over the world.
The ability to make others laugh brings great recognition, reward, and unforgettability. Do your best to give someone a humorous experience.
Become Active with the Patient
If possible, depending on the recovery state of the person, take him or her for a walk down the halls of the hospital. Let them know that you are happy that he is getting better and that you will always be there for them.
Comfort the Terminally Ill
Make the terminally ill feel that you are there with them until the end. Touch them softly, talk gently to them and hold their hands. Let them know that you are with them until the end.
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My Unforgettable Experience
One of the most loving experiences of my life occurred when I was in the hospital. I had had surgery the night before for a knee operation. The nurse that attended me made me feel like I was the only person in the hospital. I felt loved and cared for more than I had ever experienced in my young adult life. The gentle care demonstrated within her voice gave me a sense of peace and calmness. Whenever she was around, I was without fear.
For the rest of my life, I will remember the experience and the special nurse that made me feel like a little brother.
You as a nurse, you can bring a sense of fulfillment, not only to the life of your patients but also your own life. You will be remembered and appreciated in the hearts and minds of those who were divinely assigned to you.