They play a substantial role in quality of patient care. The core of nursing is patient care and patient advocacy. Nurses are increasingly working to promote people’s health and prevent illness from hospital setting to community health. Nurses are widely respected health care providers, combining education and professionalism with a caring concern for clients. Nurses are responsible for facilitating the design and delivery of patient care, advancing the quality of relationships between staff and colleagues, and maintaining networks of care providers.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Treating, educating, providing advice and emotional support to patients and family members, research patient care and disease for a better quality care.
Nurses should be caring, sympathetic, responsible and detailed oriented.
Ensures safe practice and healthy environment for the patients
Identifies nursing needs of the patient
Takes and records vital signs accurately
Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records
Prepares patients for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to be performed.
Assists doctors with treatment and procedures
Carries out doctors orders
Ensures privacy of the patient at all times
Maintains a cooperative relationship among health care teams by communicating information; responding to requests; building rapport; participating in team problem- solving methods.
Maintains continuity between nursing teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs
Identifies patient care requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual patients and other persons in a position to understand care requirements
Maintains confidentially of patient records
Observing and recording patient behavior
Consulting with physicians and other healthcare professionals
Establishing treatment plans, operating medical equipment
Performing diagnostic tests
Treating medical emergency nursing methods to the patients
Administering medications and treatments as stated by the doctor
Apply aseptic technique to patients to avoid infection
Maintains nursing supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
Documentation is ongoing during the shift. Charting is done via computers, or on paper. Typical duration is less than five minutes writing or typing and occurs regularly throughout the shift.
Continuously strives for performance improvements and excellences.
Excellent teamwork skills
Good verbal and written communication skills
Doctors - Need all necessary information prior to treating the patient
Receptionist – Need to be updated when changes occur and to better care for the patients needs
Finance - Need patients file in a timely manner to complete invoice prior to the patient leaving the office
Clinical Skills, Bedside Manner, Infection Control, Nursing Skills, Physiological Knowledge, Administering Medication, Medical Teamwork, Multi-tasking, Listening, Verbal Communication, Health Promotion and Maintenance
Direct patient care involves assisting the patient into various positions and functions. The transfers can be divided into a few categories: bed mobility, sitting, standing, wheelchair, floor, and walking. Ability to bend, squat, twist, lift, pull, push, as well as guiding/standing by in case assistance is needed. Varied assistance is required depending on the ability of the patient. Lifting forces vary with patient weight and level of ability to assist in the movement. Stand for long periods of time. Walk between patients' rooms. May run during emergencies. Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
Nursing is a physically demanding profession. Registered nurses are subject to injuries, workplace hazards and stress related conditions on a regular basis and determined by the physical and stress-related demands of the profession.
On how well a nurse can interact with all of the people he or she comes in contact during a typical shift. A nurse must have a friendly demeanor while maintaining authority when dealing with a patient. Nurses must have tact and compassion when talking with family members who are concerned about their loved one and they must be able to communicate professionally with their co-workers. Job performance also will be based on how a nurse can demonstrate that they have
the knowledge and ability to perform the tasks associated with patient care according to their job description.