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:
We are Caregivers: We utilize the nursing process(Assessment, Analysis, Nursing Diagnosis, Interventions, Implementation and Evaluation) to identify your physical, spiritual and psychosocial needs and then develop a plan of care for you.
We are Patient Advocates: We interpret information from other health care providers for you, defend and protect your rights, and give you information so you can make informed decisions concerning your health care.
We are Counselors: We identify your emotional needs and help you deal with your psychological reactions to your illness.
We are Educators: We provide you knowledge of your disease conditions, specific treatments and self care techniques to enable you to become responsible for your own health. We teach you ways to care for yourself and if necessary, teach family members how to care for you.
We are Coordinators: We facilitate communication among your health team to ensure you receive all of the necessary professional services to meet your health goals.
We are Collaborators: We work with you, your family and other members of the health care team to meet your health care needs.
We are Consultants: We seek and give information to other members of the health care team to identify and clarify your health goals and plan and evaluate interventions to attain those goals.
We are Change Agents: We introduce change to the health care delivery services when needed to provide you and your family with the highest quality care.
So the next time a professional nurse takes your blood pressure, gives you medication or changes your dressing, know that she/he is doing much more. Your nurse is constantly observing you for any needs you may have and determining how to meet them. Using critical thinking and problem solving skills, nurses prevent you from developing complications, and if you do, take actions to get you the treatment you need. Nurses notice when there is a change in your condition and know what to do about it. Who knows, a nurse may save your life or the life of someone you love one day soon.