What Do Nurses Really Do

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What Do Nurses Really Do? Alicia Wells The University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing Over the years, the question of what nurses really do on a daily basis has confounded not only the general public, but also those who work in the healthcare field. However, one cannot attempt to explain what nurses do on a daily basis without first understanding what nursing is and why the healthcare field even exists. The field of nursing exists primarily to assist the physicians and to facilitate the recovery of ill, weak patients. Nurses exist to show each patient compassion, so the patient will feel welcome, and not like a burden onto others. It is the nurses’ obligation to possess the knowledge necessary to ensure and…show more content…
The decision making between various members of the healthcare team helps ensure proper care and consensus on treatment. “The parties bring individual areas of expertise to a particular situation, as well as diverse perspectives which are influenced by professional orientation, experience, age, gender, education or socio-economic status. Conditions which enhance collaboration include shared goals, and understanding of the other’s roles and responsibilities, mutual respect, clear communication, and openness to learning, and an ability to change one’s viewpoint, given new information” (Disch, n.d.). The knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for teamwork and collaboration mainly focus on working with the inter-professional team to achieve quality patient care. One must have the knowledge to describe own strengths, limitations, and values as a member of the team, describe the scope of practice and roles of health care team members, and analyze distinctions in communication style preferences among patients, families, fellow nurses, and other members of the healthcare team. The skills needed for effective collaboration include acting with integrity, consistency, and respect for opposing views, functioning efficiently within own scope of practice as a member of the health care team, and adapting personal style of communicating to the needs of the team and the situation. One must have the

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