By at April 12 2019 01:24:51
With over 35 years of nursing experience, Nurse Mentor Nancy Banfield Johnson, RN, MSN, ANP, helps nurses solve challenges in their nursing practice through her speeches, workshops, consulting and writing.
Did anyone ever tell you that you are persistent? Instead of making your hackles rise, treat this as a compliment. The reason is that as nursing professional you are expected to be persevering and persistent. The nursing profession has never been for the weak of heart. One has to have an iron will in order to survive and succeed nursing.
Although machines have made nursing somewhat easy these days, I reckon we were given all the tools, the machines we need to do a reasonably sound nursing assessment. Our eyes, ears, noses, mouths (okay maybe not so much now) and gut instinct provide us with all the information we need to prevent danger from occurring to our patient. Lets use them. Done enough times, the confidence and skill you gain from practicing with your senses are indispensable. You will feel satisfied and glad and so will your patient!
3. Both must learn to read peoples faces. Detectives and Nurses watch body language and notice whether it seems natural and agrees with their words. Criminals might be lying to avoid incrimination. Patients might be hiding the truth because of embarrassment, lack of understanding or cultural beliefs. A patient may say hes not in pain, but have facial grimacing.
4. Smell There is a lot that a nurse can tell just by using their sense of smell. Be it the smell of your patients urine, an infected wound or stools. Once youve established something doesnt smell right, a nurse is able to proceed with confidence.
1. The eyes. There is no greater tool to a nurse than the eyes. You can tell a lot just by casting a quick glance at your patient. Straight away you can tell how critical they are just by observing their colour, the rhythm of their breathing, chest movement or lack of it, a bleeding wound, a swollen leg, urine colour and any other physical signs of distress you can think of. Once youve noticed an abnormality, you can proceed with caution.