Compassion? No. It’s important to have, but compassion alone will not suffice.
Technical skill? No. You may be able to perform procedures with your eyes closed, but that isn’t enough.
Bravery? No. Courage is necessary at times, but it takes more.
All those qualities contribute to your goal of becoming the best nurse you can be. But the one quality that is necessary to become a great registered nurse, is that you need to be Read the rest of this entry »
The other day after solving a difficult problem at work, someone said to me, “You ought to be an engineer.” That comment made me ask, “What do nurses and engineers have in common?”
I found this article from a university in Australia entitled, “What Engineers Do.” I substituted the word, “nurse” for the word “engineer” and changed a few words. See if you are as surprised as I was to learn how much nurses have in common with engineers: Read the rest of this entry »
Life is a journey. Along that path you may need assistance to become or stay healthy. If you become injured, you may need help with your rehabilitation. If you are ill, you may not be able to recover by yourself. If your goal is to be the best you can be physically, emotionally and spiritually, at some time in your life, you may need a professional nurse.
As professional nurses, our job is to use our clinical judgment to provide care to enable you to improve, maintain, or recover health or to cope with health problems, and to achieve the best quality of life, whatever your disease or disability, until death.
To achieve the goal of providing you with the highest quality care, nurses take on the following roles: Read the rest of this entry »