What do Nurses do?

  1. As a nursing student I would love to hear stories about different nursing experiences if anyone has the time

    Thanks so much for your stories
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  3. by   Tweety
    Welcome. Here's bits and pieces of a paper I recently wrote in my RN to BSN program that kind of talks about what I do. Although it's so much more.


    "I am called to nursing to care for patients without judgment. This is important because of the patient population I care for are frequently challenged with alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness, domestic violence, and psychiatric problems. Many of the clients I care for have been in accidents that involve them drinking and driving, or having been assaulted while involved in drug deals, and many are infamous criminals involved in murders or other crimes. They are put in my care for me to help them recover from their trauma or illness without my judgment. I always try to remember the old saying "but for the grace of God, go I". Also, many clients' religious and cultural traditions about life and health are different than my own. I strive to respect other's beliefs and incorporate them in the plan of care when possible.Aside from being spiritual beings, human beings are biophysical beings, with biological processes that maintain life and health. My knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology teach me to properly assess on an ongoing basis my clients' physical wellbeing and needs. Staying abreast of current scientific knowledge through continuing education and reading of nursing journals is part of this process.
    Human beings can engage in processes that keep them well or help them to get well when they are not in good health. Part of my job is to teach wellness and to maximize wellness when a person is in ill health. The maximum levels of wellness differ between individuals. A trauma patient with two broken legs would be at a maximum level of health in a wheelchair, whereas another patient with COPD would be at a maximum level of health up ambulating, and being taught smoking cessation techniques. Sometimes the maximum level of wellness involves nursing them in time of death.
    I also believe in the mind-body connection. I believe that positive thinking, hope, laughter, and prayer can have a positive effect on getting ill people well, and keeping well people in a state of good health.
    Many of my clients are not in a state of emotional wellness, being challenged with underlying psychological problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, and chemical dependency (which is also considered a physiological addiction). My job is assessing, listening, and making referrals if necessary."
  4. by   cblancke



    Quote from Tweety
    Welcome. Here's bits and pieces of a paper I recently wrote in my RN to BSN program that kind of talks about what I do. Although it's so much more.


    "I am called to nursing to care for patients without judgment. This is important because of the patient population I care for are frequently challenged with alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness, domestic violence, and psychiatric problems. Many of the clients I care for have been in accidents that involve them drinking and driving, or having been assaulted while involved in drug deals, and many are infamous criminals involved in murders or other crimes. They are put in my care for me to help them recover from their trauma or illness without my judgment. I always try to remember the old saying "but for the grace of God, go I". Also, many clients' religious and cultural traditions about life and health are different than my own. I strive to respect other's beliefs and incorporate them in the plan of care when possible.Aside from being spiritual beings, human beings are biophysical beings, with biological processes that maintain life and health. My knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology teach me to properly assess on an ongoing basis my clients' physical wellbeing and needs. Staying abreast of current scientific knowledge through continuing education and reading of nursing journals is part of this process.
    Human beings can engage in processes that keep them well or help them to get well when they are not in good health. Part of my job is to teach wellness and to maximize wellness when a person is in ill health. The maximum levels of wellness differ between individuals. A trauma patient with two broken legs would be at a maximum level of health in a wheelchair, whereas another patient with COPD would be at a maximum level of health up ambulating, and being taught smoking cessation techniques. Sometimes the maximum level of wellness involves nursing them in time of death.
    I also believe in the mind-body connection. I believe that positive thinking, hope, laughter, and prayer can have a positive effect on getting ill people well, and keeping well people in a state of good health.
    Many of my clients are not in a state of emotional wellness, being challenged with underlying psychological problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, and chemical dependency (which is also considered a physiological addiction). My job is assessing, listening, and making referrals if necessary."
    Tweety thanks that's a great snapshot of your views and experiences.

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