Our Nurses, Our Heroes: How nurses bring the silver lining to the lives of patients
Nurses are expected to be professional, empathic and compassionate when dealing with patients.
However, many are known to go above and beyond the call of duty when providing care to their patients.
Here are some examples of those times that nurses went beyond and restored our faith in humanity.
Surprise special day celebrations
Nurses have been known to surprise their patients on their birthdays and even valentine’s day. For instance, nurses help to plan hospital dates in special circumstances when the patient would not be discharged in time to celebrate with their significant other. This goes a long way in making patients feel loved. This is not a “duty” but nurses do it just to show they care for their patients.
Creating an air of normalcy
It is important that patients be made to feel like they still have some control over their lives, and that they can still do some of the things they would do if they were not in the hospital.
For instance, nurses have been known to mark traditional and cultural days with their patients and also to random news about some things going on outside the hospital that they might be interested in.
Creating a spark of energy
There are times when patients seem to have lost all the will to keep trying and they just need a little push to keep on moving.
Nurses are usually able to tell and they take some steps to ensure their patients find the will to live again. For instance, there are children in pediatric wards who need to do their exercises regularly but who just feel sad and would prefer to stay in bed.
Nurses can come to the rescue by providing an interesting and fun way for the child to exercise while disguising it as play.
Nurses are heroes in so many other ways and they contribute to giving their patients a new lease on life and making the healing process easier.