Why Low-Tech Skills Still Matter in Nursing
Jennnifer L.W. Fink, RN, BSN | NursingLink
But prayer can be an effective form of low-tech nursing if the nurse and patient are open to the experience. On occasion, I have offered to pray with patients – but generally these offers came after I saw patients reading the Bible, fingering a rosary or listening to religious music. Sometimes, patients will ask nurses to pray with them. Check your comfort level. If you’re comfortable sharing a prayer, by all means, pray together. If you’re not, would you be comfortable holding your patient’s hand while he prays? You could also offer to call the chaplain or patient’s spiritual advisor.
Low-Tech Skills Make a Difference
Taking the time to connect with your patients can elevate you from a good to a great nurse. Patients (and families) expect clinical competency. What will set you apart, in their eyes, is your attention to your patients’ comfort, cares and concerns. In a 2002 article in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, nurses “who were perceived as giving high quality care possessed attributes such as kindness, a good attitude and manner, as well as clinical competence.” One study participant described the best nurses as, “super human beings [who] had an aura generating from their personality, extremely gentle and understanding — they came right into [close to] my heart, their caring was so much, without being obtrusive.”