(perspective of a BSN graduate from the University of Mindanao, Davao City)
by: Ruby Lyn Rodriguez
Nurse’s primary concern thought by many that we just function to preserve the human body to its optimum health status. It’s a common perception of those individuals who are not in the field of nursing. However, in my case as a nursing graduate, my primary concern is on how to take good care of my patients.
I could say that caring and compassion work hand in hand. These attributes are said to be the best methods to make the patients comfortable. Caring and being compassionate are suppose to be the tasks that should be highlighted in the nursing profession.
Dame Julie Moore, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, uttered at the Nursing Standard that nurses simply do not call for academic skills but also clothe themselves with caring and compassion (Smith, 2012).
A nurse should not just be academically dressed up but should as well demonstrate care and compassion. Caring for the patients gives a motivating power of healing. It seems that they will be healed emotionally and also spiritually. It loosens their mental agony and brings stress-free ambiance in their environment. Caring brings a unique image to nursing profession.
In addition, being a compassionate individual also gives an edge to nursing from other professions. I could say it’s not easy to be compassionate to the patients. For instance in one of my hospital exposures, I encounter many patients from the oncology ward who try to ask me several questions regarding their health status or if not them, their relatives or loved ones. As a BSN graduate, it’s trouble-free to deal with these kinds of scenarios especially if you do have a wide knowledge towards their health conditions. And putting yourself on their shoes so called empathy is really the best way to deal with the situation.
As nurses we should be aware that there are three components that we should acquire and should be implementing in the workplace. These three components are correlated to the qualities of leadership. One of these components is to have the conceptual skills. This quality gives a nurse a way on how she/he utilizes her/his critical thinking. Second quality is to have a suitable interpersonal skill. This is how the nurse mingles with her/his patients or co-workmates. Uplifting yourself with good interpersonal skills gives you an edge to be aware of those people from different walks of life. Lastly, the technical skill which increases the nurse’s self-esteem. This skill is on how you make use of your knowledge towards doing basic procedures like how to do bed bath, administering medications and the like.
Hence, these qualities should be possessed by nurses in caring to their patients. Nurses should clothe themselves with compassion, caring attitude and fortify themselves with the three components which are the conceptual, interpersonal and technical skills.