Improve your Nursing Bedside Manners

Improve your Nursing Bedside Manners

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It isn’t unusual to discover that some nurses lack nursing bedside manners, but can this set of skills be taught or learned?

Nursing bedside manners are an essential trait to have, for a nurse. Your manner will help you to establish rapport with your patient and also help you deliver empathetic care. By developing your nursing bedside manner you can transform and improve your nurse-patient relationships.

Lets discuss what is often promoted by the NMC and RCN as ‘person centred care’ and ‘what makes a good nurse‘.

 

Nursing Bedside Manners

 

Be Observant and Always Ensure your Patient’s Privacy

Much has been said about communication and privacy within healthcare. As nurses we should be careful of the nuances of our patient’s language. Not all present themselves through words. Moreover, not everyone is happy to discuss their health within earshot of others. Watch out for the patient’s body language making sure that we appropriately match what our patients are telling us. We also need to be sensitive about patient privacy so we not only protect his or her dignity. Also that of the other patients in the surrounding area. Often a patient may seem very conscious and shy discussing his or her health problems. Then it may be best to close the patients cubicle curtain or take them to a private area to continue the conversation.

Be Focused and Attentive

Nurses and doctors are often under pressure and in a hurry to attend to and treat patients. However, in our desire to be there for everyone we sacrifice the kind of care we are able to give. It is important to note that mediocre care progressively decreases patient outcomes. Therefore, it is vital whenever attending to a patient that our main focus at that time should only be on him or her. That means avoiding multitasking and actively listening to what they are saying. Refrain from making assumptions that may dismiss an underlying problem hidden in a lengthy narrative of the patient’s symptoms.

Be Clear

As nurses, it is our duty to be able to present information to our patients clearly. Although we are not the only ones responsible for discussing their diagnosis, treatment options or prognosis, they do rely on us for clarification. As nurses we must know how to clarify things with patients in a language that they understand, enabling them to grasp everything that will and may happen. In addition, coherence not only within the healthcare team, but with the patient is one of the best ways to ensure the success of any treatment.

Be Sensitive and Reassuring

Most, if not all patients who come to hospital are very anxious. It is essential that we are able to empathise with them. Being able to understand where patients are coming from and being able to address their concerns will greatly ease the tension and facilitate the treatment process. This should never mean patronising or downplaying the patients concerns.  It is vital that you know which words to say and when to cut a discussion without sounding rude or offensive.

Is it time to brush up on your nursing bedside manners?

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Top tips for Nurses Returning to Work

Top tips for Nurses Returning to Work

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It isn’t unusual for nurses to take a career detour these days. Actually, it seems to be becoming more of the norm as medical professionals move to experience other environments or to decide whether their chosen field is really the one for them. In some instances individuals take time off to tend to a sick loved one or to start a family. This isn’t a negative and can assist in the development of nurses returning to work.

As a nurse however, there are some things you need to do when you want to return to work, and there are ways you can best prepare yourself for your transition. Here are some top tips for nurses returning to work:

1. Review

Getting back into the nursing profession takes a lot of persistence and commitment. It is imperative that you take the time to re-familiarise yourself with the necessary updated skills and knowledge. Review your nursing fundamentals and practice regular tasks like how to take vital signs, how to insert IVs and so on. The internet is probably one of the best resources for updating your skills and there are many websites that you can turn to such as:

https://www.nmc.org.uk/

https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/become-a-nurse

2. Enrol in refresher courses

It is now easier for nurses returning to work with universities and hospitals offering refresher courses mandated by the NMC. You are able to re-acquaint yourself with the profession and update yourself in terms of technology, equipment and treatment.

The NHS RTP or Return to Practice Programme is an option for nurses returning to work, and can either be taken full-time or part-time https://comeback.hee.nhs.uk/

3. Volunteer

A great way of easing yourself into the industry again is by volunteering in a local clinic or nursing home. What better avenue to practice and apply your new found knowledge and skills from your refresher course than being where the action is? This is also a good opportunity to begin building your professional network again.

At Go Nurse we support nurses returning to work by finding available shifts in nursing homes relative to the area that the nurses reside in. If you would like us to assist you, apply here 

4. Brush-up on technology

As a healthcare professional, you will always work in a dynamic environment. Changes and advances occur as diseases and illnesses evolve and we are constantly trying to find new and advanced ways to treat and combat them. This means new equipment, software, and treatments.

  • Brush-up on your computer use and knowledge.
  • Take advantage of situations when volunteering or working in a healthcare environment.
  • Try to learn how to use new technology and equipment.

5. Be confident

Once a nurse, always a nurse. Although things change and the need to adapt is essential, nursing fundaments remain the same. Your experience won’t diminish and you don’t have to relearn everything from the beginning. You will always be a valuable and vital part of the medical and healthcare industry.

Nurses returning to work, know that there are resources and support available to you to assist you in your transition back into the workplace. We would be happy to help, get in touch or on 01978 227271.

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How to Survive Your First Day of Agency Nursing

How to Survive Your First Day of Agency Nursing

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Even if you are a seasoned nurse, doing your first agency shift can still be daunting. Adjusting to a new working environment and working with a new healthcare team in a new routine can be overwhelming. This is especially true when as an agency nurse you are expected to perform the same duties as a facility nurse would, in a competent and timely manner with little or no orientation. Here are a few tips to help you successfully get through your first day of agency nursing:

Be Prepared

The day before your shift, get everything you need ready. Iron and hang your uniform, organize any pertinent documentation such as the instructions to your shift location and timesheets. Make sure you have your agency identification card. Prepare your lunch or snack so you don’t have to do this before leaving for your shift.

Get a Good Nights Rest

Make sure you sleep well and don’t let the stress of the following day keep you awake. Be confident within yourself. After all, you would not be put forward for shifts if your agency did not deem you fit for the job at hand. Moreover, being well rested will mean you are more focused and alert.

Plan Well for Travel

Account for traffic and travel issues and arrive early for your shift. This is important to ensure that the client is happy, that you have time to get associated with your new working environment, and so that you don’t miss the induction. You will also be more relaxed and not arrive rushed and stressed.

Introduce Yourself to the Management and the Staff you will be Working With

Build rapport with your new team as they will help guide you through all the things you need to know to be able to do your job efficiently.

Take Notes

Pay attention in your induction and write down any relevant information – this will help you adjust more easily and you can refer to your notes if at any stage you forget any of the information verbally passed on to you.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

Work like you would in any facility because although your co-workers will expect you to function like they do; they know that you won’t learn everything in a day. Do not put unnecessary pressure on yourself by trying to know everything the moment you step through the door. It will take a while for you to adjust to the new environment and their way of working.

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5 Ways to Advance Your Nursing Career

5 Ways to Advance Your Nursing Career

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A nursing career in the UK can be demanding and exciting at the same time. There are plenty of opportunities and specialisations available that allow you to excel and advance your nursing career in the UK.

If you are a registered UK nurse and can’t decide where you want to be in your nursing career 5 or 10 years down the line, you’ve got what it takes to fast track your career for advancement. This post is for you, to help you build and advance your nursing career in the right direction.

Here’s how to do it:

Choose the Right Organisations

If you’re looking to advance your nursing career, you need to make sure you have a stellar CV. The organisations that you work for can have a negative or positive impact on your CV. Be choosy with the companies that you accept employment with, and stick to the professional ones only. They have the reputation and the name that will open up opportunities, connections and experience that is valuable, and that will set you apart from the next nurse.

Network

It pays to have meaningful professional relationships with various individuals in the industry. Many nurses prefer to stay in their comfort zones limiting themselves to a select group of colleagues they can relate to. The individuals looking for advancement in their careers go all out building positive relationships where possible. Industry leaders and influential people are located everywhere – the hospital or facility you work for, a community you volunteer within, networking events which are definitely worth attending, and via social media platforms.

Be warm and friendly. Work on making a good first impression with people you meet. Build your network and connect!

Don’t Stop Studying

There are many certifications and advanced level nursing courses that you can pursue to broaden the horizons of your nursing career. If you have specific interests in the field such as surgery or emergency medicine – go for it! Certifications will enhance your professionalism and make you a well rounded candidate, ready for any opportunities that come your way.

Consider Getting a Mentor

Identify somebody senior to yourself who you can relate to. A nurse who has many years experience, someone who has seen it all, the good days and the bad, they can help you learn and grow. These seasoned nurses have the insights, experience, and knowledge that come with years of practice. Once you have a mentor, you can turn to them for guidance and advice, even for the things that are not found in textbooks.

Be Different

Everyone is unique in their own way and sometimes, this is what sets you apart from the crowd. Whilst being well respected and trusted is a priority, add additional elements to your professional career. Be practical, be proficient, be punctual, be reliable, be focused, be consistent, be passionate … and keep your eye on the goal.

Don’t think that your added effort ever goes unnoticed. Your superiors will witness and acknowledge it. This will put you on their priority list for any career growth opportunities that may arise. Also, make sure your patients are happy too.

Of the many strategies used to advance within the nursing field, these are by far the most effective. Take your time to research and plan, see what suits your schedule and works best for you. Be confident, be strong, and fearlessly pursue your dreams of a successful nursing career into the future.

 

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