You probably went into nursing because you want to help people. Perhaps you want to help people by learning more about the human body and the therapeutic approaches that can be taken to improve their health. Nonetheless, you might not have anticipated the extent to which your profession would permeate every aspect of your life. Let’s take a look at how nurses’ responsibilities go much beyond the hospital bed and the time allotted for a shift.

Friendly counsel given to a fellow human

If you’ve established yourself as the “nurse friend” within your social circle, your friends will turn to you for comfort, advice, and direction whenever they need it—even before making an appointment with their doctor. One of the most trusted professions in Australia is nursing, and this is largely due to the unique method in which nurses are trained to listen to patients.

In order to provide an appropriate assessment, nurses are trained to recognise both verbal and nonverbal cues.

Some of the following scenarios are ones you and your friends may have experienced;

1. You want to calmly express urgency by telling a friend to “get something looked out,” because something doesn’t look right.
2. Advice-giving in Relation to COVID
3. The Importance of Recognizing Depression
4. Sending a friend a picture of a rash they have on their arm since you’re worried about them
5. Someone who has recognised the warning signs of burnout is being encouraged to take time off.
6. Giving your pal a hand before and after surgery

Honoring and encouraging members of one’s family

Close friends and family members may assume that the nurse will be able to solve any problem. They will most likely come to you for guidance on topics such as how often to change the linens and whether or not a given laundry detergent is harmful to the skin. You are viewed as an authority on anything remotely related to health. Although you’ll make an effort to come up with a solution based on what you already know and what makes the most sense, you might resort to Google like the rest of us.

Your loved ones may take your advice to the doctor more seriously than anybody else’s when it comes to questions about unusual or concerning symptoms. For the simple reason that you are so well educated, they know you care deeply about them and would never intentionally harm them. They trust your judgement and know you wouldn’t suggest they go to the doctor if doing so would be a waste of their time.

If you’re a nurse, you’d definitely take out a pad or access the notes section of their phone to jot down some questions they should ask. You know they’ll forget everything you told them about their allergies, their past, and the meds they need to take the second they step inside, so it’s best to go over all that information now. It would be helpful if you could accompany them to their visit to make sure they don’t forget anything and that a thorough treatment strategy is developed.

Evaluation of the Community

Nurses are the type who are always evaluating patients they have never met. Everyone from the old woman who is panting at the bus stop to the little youngster who is coughing his or her way through the mall is suffering from respiratory distress. To what extent have you been able to recognise symptoms and offer mental prognoses?

Even though we didn’t sign a contract promising to protect the public while we were off the clock, nurses have an innate desire to do so. Nurses have a keen sense for when something is even slightly off, and they often spot these anomalies. We check on those who have fallen
off their bikes, we inquire about the well-being of those who are visibly perspiring at the grocery store, we assist those who are in need on aeroplanes, and we wonder why we haven’t seen our elderly neighbour in a while. Nurses may not be the only ones to notice these things, but they are the ones most likely to take action. We can’t ignore this opportunity.

Though caregiving is a 24/7 job, taking a break is still necessary. Where do you go to get in the zen state of mind?

Recently, airlines have started putting up signs reminding passengers to put on their own oxygen masks before helping others. Now is the time to reflect on your own self-care. How can you ensure that you have enough personal fulfilment to be the greatest nurse possible at work while still having a fulfilling life outside of it?

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