What Do Nurses Do?
In the field of nursing, there are many different jobs and responsibilities. If you have ever been to a hospital or doctor’s office and saw the nurses running around with charts and leading heavy medical equipment down the halls, you may have asked yourself, “Just what is it that nurses do?” Most everyone knows that nurses generally give you injections, take blood for testing, give you medication, etc. However, the nurse’s job is much more complex than that. They are more than just the doctor’s “helper” in the hospital or doctor’s office. Let’s look at other things nurses do in their jobs.
First and foremost, the nurse is the support system for the patient. It is the nurse who hears a majority of the details of the illness symptoms and asks the questions when the patient first gets there. In the hospital, the nurse is the main person that the patients see on a regular basis. The doctor may come by once a day and chat for a couple of minutes, but most of the time, the patient has the nurse to talk to and confide things in. And if a patient is on certain types of painkilling medications, the nurse may get to hear a little more than they bargained for, especially from the more lonely patients who do not have visitors. It is important that the nurse understands their role as emotional support for the patient in order to do their job well.
In addition to administering medications, giving injections and taking blood for lab testing, the nurse is also responsible for making sure all of the testing results get to the doctor to evaluate. It is also important for the nurse to keep each patient’s information together and correct, which is not as difficult now in the technology age, but still can be a little irritating when there are a lot of tests that need to be run and a lot of different medications that need to be administered.
There are other various little responsibilities that nurses take on while on the job. Some are in charge of paperwork; a certain area of the hospital for making sure everything is running smoothly, etc. The important thing to remember is that you must be flexible and do whatever your charge nurse tells you to do – even if it is to clean out the trashcans. Every task is important in a hospital and the nurse can do just about anything, except for what the doctor does. A nurse’s task list may change from day to day, depending on where he or she works, so flexibility is key when it comes to nursing.