Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author once said: “Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” In fact, patients see and have contact with their nurses more often than their doctors. They sometimes even expect more from nurses than from the doctors.
Trust is thus an important part of nursing. Building trust with patients is crucial since it has the chance to transform the healthcare industry. As a nurse, have you ever asked yourself what does trust mean to you? Does it help you feel like an authority for your patient? Does it make it easier to carry out your job?
We all know that being a nurse is not the easiest job indeed. And it’s not only about humbly doing your job. It’s also about building relationships with people: patients and their relatives alike. Trust plays a key role here in helping build a relationship with the family member or patient in order to get your job done. If these people are unable to trust you, then they are sure to shut down and not value the information and advice you are providing them with.
Most of the time, patients feel vulnerable and they have lots of questions. Trust thus helps them feel free to ask questions and seek support. As a care provider, one of the best ways to build trust with your patients is to live the healthy lifestyle that you are recommending them to live. In other words, it’s a good idea to serve as an example for your patients. In addition, it’s important to stay true to yourself, to acknowledge your mistakes, to deliver on your promises, to be courageous, and to never give up. As you see, these are not characteristics of professionalism, these are more personal characteristics. Thus, here lies the social importance of nursing. By serving as a good example for your patients, you are serving as an example to the whole society. In this respect, the role of a nursing professional is paramount in the modern society.
How has nursing changed in the past years?
As a matter of fact, nursing has changed quite a lot during the last 50 years. There is a need for nurses to be highly trained, proactive, critical thinkers, and warriors. Nurses today have to make complex clinical decisions that 50 years ago would have been made by doctors only. You know why - because life is too fast and we need to move fast too if we want to be present.
You might ask whether the internet and technology are changing what nurses do. The answer is - “Yes, definitely!” While the internet empowers patients, it can also confuse them. On the other hand, the latest technology can help patients and their relatives to find the best nurses nearby.
While it’s OK for nurses to be too busy to catch up on the latest technology trends, there still are some resources that can help them climb the career ladder and maybe even make life-changing decisions regarding their job. Introducing Scrubfly - a mobile app for nurses as well as home health providers! Scrubfly is a unique marketplace for nurses to get hired for freelance gigs and for home health providers to find the right nurses to do the job.
However, Scrubfly is not simply a mobile app, it’s the tool that helps and supports nurses to thrive and to reach their career goals. We are a team of believers and we want to make people’s lives better, easier, and more fun. We understand that many of the nurses are single moms who are joggling between shifts to help people and at the same time to earn a living. With this in mind, we have created Scrubfly. We want to give back to the community by connecting nurses with patients in need.
You can get the app for your Android phone or your iPhone free of charge. If you do now know what to do or how to get started, we are here for you. The Scrubfly team is ready to answer all your questions.
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