Nursing is a challenging career path that demands resilience, compassion and technical knowledge. Nurses may be described as the hospitality in hospitals and the heart in healthcare, but what is it that makes them so essential to Britain?
They are compassionate and caring
Compassion: it’s one of the qualities most commonly associated with nursing. The daily work environment for nurses presents different challenges to those of most professionals, and the people nurses support every day require more than just physical and medical care. In hospitals, clinics and surgeries around the country, nurses provide vital emotional support to patients and their loved ones.
Nurses show compassion to people when they need it most. And they do it well: according to a 2016 survey by Ipsos Mori, 93% of people said they trusted nurses, bringing nursing out on top as the most trustworthy profession.
With physical illness comes mental struggle, so it is important for nurses to bolster their patients mentally as well as aiding their physical recovery.
They are the hands, eyes and ears of doctors
When a doctor makes a diagnosis and prescribes treatment, it is the responsibility of the nurse to ensure that the treatment is correctly administered and is working effectively, and that the patient is not suffering from any negative side effects.
Nurses not only distribute treatments, but also take care of patients from their first consultation, all the way through to recovery. They are usually the first point of response when disaster strikes, performing CPR or calling “code” when patients’ conditions deteriorate.
From taking vital signs to dressing injuries, nurses save lives everyday through the support they offer to doctors. If the responsibilities fell on doctors themselves, they would not have the capacity to treat all the patients that need their attention every day.
They are translators
Doctors and nurses study for years and continue learning on the job for the duration of their careers. When given a doctor’s diagnosis or prescribed treatment options, many patients feel overwhelmed. Every day, nurses act as translators between doctors and patients, deconstructing complicated medical jargon and making it comprehensible.
Nurses need to be excellent communicators in order to help the loved ones of patients understand each step towards recovery and treatment. Hospitals, clinics and other medical environments can be tense settings. When communication breaks down between patients and their friends and families, nurses are there to soothe hot tempers, comfort those who are distressed and keep everyone well-informed.
They are teachers
Receiving a diagnosis and treatment plan is one thing; knowing what to do about it is another. Nurses educate their patients about how to take care of their injuries, monitor their vitals, correctly take their doses of medication, and far more.
In the same way nurses are able to translate medical jargon into layman’s terms, they are also there to help their patients understand their illnesses, steps to recovery, and the ways to prevent further health problems. Nurses act as teachers not only to their patients but also to their own loved ones and the general public. They are educators, showing Britain how to take care of their physical and mental health.
They are creative problem-solvers
No two days are the same in nursing, and each new day brings new challenges with it. From creative ways to keep tricky bandages in place, to entertaining small children through difficult procedures, nurses are constantly thinking on their feet, inventing ways to tackle the continuous stream of problems that come their way.
Despite the endless tasks on their to-do lists, nurses must remain rational and cool-headed in emergencies. They are unshakeable and provide not only their invaluable skills in caring and medicine, but also a pillar of support and calm, keeping everything running as smoothly as possible no matter what happens around them.
They are multitaskers
Every day, our nurses do all of this and more. Their job is not to assist doctors. It is to comfort people who are in in pain or distress, to manage and delegate, to act fast when disaster strikes, and to save and improve lives in whatever ways they can.
Without nurses, Britain’s public and private healthcare would fall apart. Doctors would not have the medical histories of their patients, patients would not understand their diagnoses and treatments, hospitals would be without hospitality, and healthcare would be without its heart.
Start your career in nursing
Nurses make up the backbone of British healthcare. Conquer new challenges every day with a highly rewarding career in nursing.
At CRG, we work closely with you to find roles that suit your lifestyle, location and professional goals. To begin the search for your new role, or to begin your career in nursing, take a look at our online jobs board or fill in our enquiry form for more information.
Want to learn more about what nursing entails? Read our Nurse’s Guide to Life on the Ward for insight into the required skillset and daily duties.