If we were asked to make a list of places that we would never want to be in, a hospital is one place that would sure make the list. Be it a quick health check-up or a treatment for an illness, we would have had the need to visit a hospital. While we visit, there are some people, generally in blue or green uniforms (sometimes in other colours too), who spend their days and nights at the hospital taking care of people. Who are these people who devote their entire time to aid people? Who are these people who we often find holding the hands of the patients or walking them down the clinic stairs? This person is called a Nurse.
A Nurse is someone who has undergone training to give medical assistance and care to the sick or injured people. A Nurse works in coordination with doctors and other members to ensure complete care and cure of a patient. Nurses engage with their patients and develop nursing plans and provide instructions to them in order to ensure good health and wellness.
Nurses are usually registered to work in hospitals and provide both physical and emotional support to the patients. They help in the dietary plans, manage intravenous lines for admitted patients and provide healthcare to both out and in patients. They also conduct medical tests and pass on the results after a discussion with the doctors.
It is clearly understood that nurses play an important part in a patient’s life. But to be a successful nurse, there are some qualities required. Below are a few of them
Qualities of a Nurse:
Communication and Interactive skills:
In order to be a Nurse, one has to have good communication understandable to the patients. They must be interactive with the people they are helping and must convey messages to them in a polite manner. They must be able to answer the basic health-related queries of the patients and communicate to them about their medical options available.
Emotional Endurance and Stability:
A Nurse must be emotionally stable and be able to take on the challenges they face at work. They must be able to handle traumatic and adverse situations and cope with losses. Although there will be many moments of happiness where their help has cured many, but there is also going to be stressful days. A nurse needs to be emotionally strong to cope with both situations alike.
Must Empathize with Patients:
A nurse must be empathetic towards his/her patients and feel their pain and compassion to provide comfort. There may be patients who would like to share all their pain and may be in an emotional state. A nurse must be able to handle such situations and be a good listener. This is an important quality as half the cure happens when a person can empathise and provide a helping hand to a person in need.
Responsive and Flexible:
A nurse must be responsive to adverse situations and must be able to take quick actions in case of emergencies. He/she must be flexible with their working hours and schedules and devote their time and effort towards aiding sick and unhealthy patients. They must be able to adapt to any kind of situation and provide the best assistance to overcome them.
Pay Attention to Every Detail:
A nurse must be focussed on her duty entirely and not be distracted. When it comes to the health and life of a person, it is important to pay attention to detail and keep a continuous check the health status of the patient. In case of any emergencies, a nurse has to update the same to the doctors and other team members.
Let us now learn about a famous Nurse
Mary Eliza Mahoney
Mary Eliza Mahoney was born on May 7, 1845, in the regions of Dorchester. She is known as the first African-American to study and practice nursing to become a professional, trained nurse in the U.S.A. She graduated from a nursing school by exceeding expectations and co-founded the National Association of Coloured Graduate Nurses in the year 1908. This Association, an initiative taken by Mahoney, merged with the American Nurses Association in the year 1951.
She moved on to receive many honours and awards for her work in the field of nursing and nominated into the ANA’s Hall of Fame in the year 1976 and later into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. Her passion for nursing and determination to create recognition for nursing has created a huge impact.