What’s Really Like to be a Nurse?

It takes a lot to constantly monitor the health of several people with due diligence. Healthcare providers, especially the nurses, are the backbone of the healthcare system because of their exceptional proficiency and compassionate nature. While providing daily care to the patients, the nurses serve as a link between patients and physicians, in some situations of emergencies – play the role of doctors too. Hence, it is evident that their job-role involves carrying out several duties and responsibilities that require utter sincerity and precision.

What’s Really Like to be a Nurse?

Here’s a deeper insight into the roles, duties and responsibilities of the nurses in the healthcare sector. 

Responsibilities

The basic duty of the nurse is to monitor patients while informing them and their families about the health conditions, providing suitable medications and giving advise in tough times. Furthermore, to elevate their skill sets they can take up nursing training programs in order to provide exceptional preventative healthcare and wellness services.

Being a nurse is not at all a plain sailing! The tasks performed by them are driven by speciality, experience and education. Nurses not only work in hospitals, but also for schools, private clinics, nursing homes, placement agencies, businesses, prisons, military bases and other employers. Typically, the nurses having an associate or bachelor’s degree can only provide hands-on care to the patients. On the other hand, the nurses who hold a degree in nursing and an enriched experience can also indulge in practices like supervising other nurses in hospitals, teaching nursing courses at institutes, or involving themselves in research studies.

Various Nursing Levels

Licensed Practical Nurses: Licensed practical nurses aka licensed vocational nurses are the entry-level nurses who work with the aim to provide basic patient care. Their duties may include giving bath to patients, monitoring them and examining bandages or recovery. A few states also permit some practical nurses to administer medications. 

Registered Nurses: Registered nurses are expected to be specialised in areas like critical care, oncology, geriatrics, neurology and other key health disciplines. These nurses monitor, record and report symptoms and changes in the patients’ conditions to physicians in various medical settings. For enhancing their skills and elevating their job-position, various nurses also take up accredited nursing training programs.

Neonatal Nurses: These nurses are basically the Registered Nurses who are certified to look after prematurely born infants and babies with certain health complications. The neonatal nurses assist in deliveries, measure and weigh infants, monitor the health of new born. They also provide emotional support to anxious parents while explaining the conditions and procedures about how to care for their babies after discharge.

Nurse Practitioners: Usually Nurse Practitioners work with the physicians closely and are considered as the senior nursing professionals with the most advanced skills. They have specialisation in disciplines such as critical care, family medicine and paediatrics. A few states in India, with a shortage of primary care physicians, have allowed the Nurse Practitioners to work as physicians in certain emergency situations

The nursing profession is indeed a boon to the healthcare fraternity and society. And for the nurses too, it can be a tremendously rewarding career, if proper knowledge and skill sets are possessed. Taking up courses from accredited training organisations like Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organisations (CAHO) can help in honing the nursing skills on the entirety. This NABL and NABH recognised body aims to improve and promote healthcare activities. Apart from mentoring the nurses, CAHO conducts various training programs like fire safety training for hospital staff, nursing communication workshop, enhanced clinical communication workshop, basic course on cybersecurity in hospitals and much more.

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