Common responsibilities of a nurse

Thanks to the pioneering effort of Florence Nightingale to the wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, the noble profession of Nursing has gained its due recognition in the health care industry. Not only did nursing as a profession gained importance, their status in the society and their financial remuneration is also reasonable. Many people are taking up this noble profession and making a change or impact in the patients they serve. The horizon of nursing has expanded and now encompasses the communities at large.

The lowest level in the hierarchy of nursing profession has also undergone some changes. You can start a career in nursing industry as a CNA, or certified nursing assistant. You can become a Registered Nurse or RN and then employ a few CNAs under your supervision. You can also become a Licensed Practical Nurse, or LPN, and do this noble profession in a specialized field in medical world.

Whatever may be your qualification, either CNA, RN or LN, you are basically a nurse, and the primary responsibility for a nurse is to extend general care to a patient and assist him or her in re-converting the patient to a person, as he was before become a patient. In other words, the first and foremost responsibility of a nurse is to bring back the person to his normal status from his temporary role of a patient in the hospital or nursing home.

It is the primary responsibility of a nurse to extend treatment to the patients as per the instructions and guidance of the doctor or the physician attending to the patient. The nurse, in his or her role, takes the various readings of the state of health at frequent intervals and co-ordinate with other support staff in the hospital or the clinic, such as radiography department, ECG department, etc., collate the findings, record it in the patient record book and appraise the doctor about the developments in the patient’s health.

The nurse should also interact with the family members of the patient, console them, make them feel comfortable and not create panic or fear about the health of the patient. She or he should also socialize with the patient, treat him or her as a friend and say soothing or comforting words and boost the patient’s confidence level, which, in turn, will give the strength to overcome the illness.

It is but the primary responsibility of the nurse to ensure that the atmosphere surrounding the patient should be free from infection and is also healthy. As a nurse, you should educate the patient about the precautions he or she should take to ensure stable health and recovery from chronic illness.

Nursing is not a strict 9-to-5 job and one should not view it in that perspective. It is a round-the-clock job with patient’s care and recovery being uppermost in the mind of the nurse attending him or her. Taking care of the patient, ensuring that he or she is sufficiently hydrated, has proper air and ventilation and also ensuring that they get the desired rest is among the primary responsibilities of a nurse.

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