OPINION: Nurses are Never Truly Off Duty
November 9, 2021
The nursing profession has been considered as a noble, compassionate, inspiring, and yet tiring one because it involves caring for people who are sick and suffering. Nursing in Canada is associated with preserving human well-being amidst extreme uncertainties. Nurses work for long hours while serving patients who need them in their vulnerable time. For this and many other reasons, nurses are offered enormous respect because of the inspirational and extraordinary work that they do. Along with other physicians and healthcare team members, nurses stand at the front lines in terrorized, war-ridden, disaster hit, epidemic, and pandemic hit places. They care for people while being their most fragile selves and bring entirely new hope to what may otherwise be the worst day of a patient’s life.
A Day in the Life of a Nurse:After the completion of a nursing course in Canada, nurses become highly trained members of the medical industry. They use their knowledge and skills to help patients through operations and procedures. In addition, they also help in developing treatment plans and offer advice on outpatient care. Mostly, nurses have a varied schedule so a day in the life of a nurse can include many duties. Oftentimes, most nurses work as a part of a team of frontline health care professionals who diagnose and treat patients in various settings. Nurses work with multidisciplinary teams including physicians, technicians, specialists, assistants, healthcare providers, surgeons, etc. The everyday duties of a nurse might include:
- Checking the vital signs and recording the medical histories of a patient.
- Asking the patients about their symptoms and performing medical examinations if any.
- Taking blood samples and requesting or conducting diagnostic tests.
- Suggesting healthcare options to physicians.
- Administering medication to patients.
- Maintaining precise and comprehensive patient records.
- Taking consultation from healthcare providers if required.
- Educating and sensitizing patients on how to manage their conditions.
- Offering emotional support to patients and their loved ones.
- Assessing and implementing patient care plans.
- Recommending all sources of medical support to patients.
- Sharing important patient information during shift change with other nurses.
- Preparing the treatment rooms by sanitizing and assembling medical equipment.
- Checking and counting medication.
- Completing patient assessments by administering wound care and changing dressings.