6 Ways Nurses Can Solve Patient Care Problems
Marijke Durning | NursingLink
Going to the hospital, whether it’s because of an emergency or it’s planned, is frightening, even more so when you don’t know what’s going on and everything is out of your control. Patients who are kept out of the loop about procedures, processes, and general knowledge concerning their health, are understandably lost and confused at the hospital.
We know we’re all busy, but nurses are also notorious multi-taskers. Why not use this to our advantage while helping our patients? Before entering a patient’s room, gather as much information as you can about his status and what is happening. If you’re going in to prep him for a test, be sure you can explain the procedure to him. If you’re giving him medication, know what it is and why you’re giving it. Much of this information can be done while you are doing other things in the room, although it’s always great if you can stop everything for a moment and give the patient your full attention.
If you don’t know the answer to a question that the patient asks, say so and tell him you’ll try to find out. If you end up being too busy or cant’ find the answer, tell him. Don’t let him lie there in his room, wondering if you’re going to keep your word.