5 Insane Truths about Home Nurses
1) Home nurses are always scared the first time they step into a new patient’s home
Imagine you go to someone’s home for the first time. You barely know the condition and the pathology of the patient. You are entering a new enviromnent. You do not know if the patient is nice or unkind. You apprehend how the family will react to having someone sick at home and a nurse around. You have been trained but there are so many unknown variables in the care process that you just don’t know what to expect. All this questionning increase the level of stress a home nurse might have before stepping in for the first time in a new case.
2) Home nurses are their own boss
Most of the time a home nurse steps in alone. There is little or no supervision. There is no extra help and no one to guide the nurse. He or she can only rely on his or her skills and the equipment she is bringing. Home nurses must react fast and swiftly take quite a number of important decisions. They are at stake with medical malpractice if they make a mistake and yet they have to take responsibility for their acts. This fact very much shape the type of individuals who are able to step in as home nurses. Not every nurse can take the pressure, the pace and have the guts to care for patients in a home environement.
3) Family members sometimes can be a pain
The stress of having a patient at home increse the pressure and the stress for the whole family. So when the nurse finally arrives she might be the victim of all the family’s stress and frustrations. If some family members consider the home nurse as an ally, other might consider the nurse as a maid and not show her the respect she deserves. Such situation are very frustrating for the nurses and often lead to a resignation of the nurse. Why should the nurses cope with the bad temper of relatives when they are for the patient ? So family members please refrain to complicating the nurse’s work with inappropriate behaviors and please be polite with your nurse !
4) Home nurses work with too little equipment at times
One would be surprised to see how families are sometimes under equipped while having a relative sick at home. Nurses should always bring their materials and supplies just in case the family does not have the necessary items for them. Even the best nurse needs proper tools to do his /her work well. Can a cook prepare the food without a knife ? It is the same for nurses they must have the proper equipment in order to care well.
5) Home nurses are doing wonders
Home nurses are vital for the Community. Without their great work, how would we sustain or rehab patients in their own environement ? The emotion and the heart home nurses put into their work go beyond words. The conforting moments they bring to their patients sometimes at the end of their lives goes a long way and greatly help in supporting them during complicated moments. Wonderful examples of loving kindness happen every day and the first person benefiting from the satisfaction of care are also the home nurses themselves.