General idea about nurses is that they are there to serve doctors and that they have no knowledge about anything about medicine apart from reading prescriptions and giving injections. But, nurses are far more than that.
Doctors treat patients and their interaction with them ends there. Nurses are there to take care of patients to serve them as best as they can. They are there to talk with patients, answer their questions and in general to make a connection with them. Main issue is that patients are not asking those questions and instead of that they speculate and they seek answers from other sources, sources that might or might not provide exact info they want.
“Ask a legal nurse” is a blog that will try to erase the misconception about the role of the nurses. There are many things nurses are there to provide, and lack of knowledge creates a gap between nurses and patients, a gap that shouldn’t exist.
A nurse is the patients advocate if they have some concerns about their care, but a nurse is there for any other concerns that might trouble the patient. Majority of people avoid asking questions because they believe that they might sound stupid and that they should know the answer, and that it is the opinion of everyone else. This couldn’t be more wrong. Nurses possess a lot of knowledge about their patients and about general things they are expected to know and they are able to answer majority of questions that a patient might ask.
Patients fail to realize that they can ask the nurse about their condition. The knowledge about their state might calm them down and reduce the amount of stress they have, but many people think that it is a sign of weakness. Nurses are there to comfort you and bring you all relevant information about your condition. And they are there to talk to you if you need someone.
A nurse knows about the doctor, and asking about his qualification is a good way to build a connection between a doctor and the patient. And this is a good starting point in conversation with a nurse. You don’t have to wait in silence, not knowing anything about the doctor and anything else concerning your condition. Find a nurse that is free at the moment and start talking with her, you will find her pleasant and responsive.
Many patients get nervous if they have to wait for a longer period of time. Their first thought is that they are sicker than they have thought. Easiest way to find about prolonged waiting is to ask a nurse about that. She will tell you what made the wait longer, and in the most cases it will be some tests that take a bit more time to come.
Some patients also question the sincerity of the answers they might get from the nurses, but the common knowledge is that nurses will not lie to you, they might sugarcoat some bad news, but you will get them.