What Do Nurses Really Do?
The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing
Over the years, the question of what nurses really do on a daily basis has confounded not only the general public, but also those who work in the healthcare field. However, one cannot attempt to explain what nurses do on a daily basis without first understanding what nursing is and why the healthcare field even exists. The field of nursing exists primarily to assist the physicians and to facilitate the recovery of ill, weak patients. Nurses exist to show each patient compassion, so the patient will feel welcome, and not like a burden onto others. It is the nurses’ obligation to possess the knowledge necessary to ensure and
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One must have the knowledge to understand the varying aspects of patient-centered care, such as the patient and family’s preferences, coordination and integration of care, physical comfort and emotional support, and information, communication, and education. Furthermore, one must understand how different ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds exist as sources of patient and family values. One must possess the skills to express patient values, preferences, and specific needs in the implementation of a care plan and evaluation of care. Other skills include expressing the patient’s specific needs to other members of the healthcare team, and providing patient-centered care with understanding and respect for the diversity of the human experience. Attitudes needed to accomplish patient-centered care include viewing the health care circumstances “through the eyes of the patient”, valuing the patient’s knowledge with own health and symptoms, and seeking various learning opportunities with patients who signify all aspects on human diversity. These are only a few examples of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for nurses to achieve patient-centered care; however, they serve as a framework for understanding the nurse’s and patient’s role in patient- centered care. Teamwork and