Nurses are important, needed and wanted. They are the most important person on the health care team in meeting patient’s needs for care. Nurses work with physicians but do not provide medical care. They provide nursing care.
The ANA defines domains of nursing as assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care.
Nursing care includes teaching, direct care-skills, emotional support, observing and evaluating and supervision. Nurses do not need or work under physicians to provide nursing care, only regarding functions related to medical intervention such as distributing medication, performing certain medical procedures. Nurses function autonomously.
Nurses know the most about, patients they are caring for and are the captain of the command center for all care provided related to nursing.
Most other team members look to the nurse to answer questions about what is happening to the patient, the plans, and patient responses, capabilities, home environment, support system, and patient's progress. When the nurse is a team member on a case, the nurse is the team leader, the person who coordinates the team and the care. This is important!
Nurses need to take on the responsibility and accountability of being the go-to person for the team. The nurse needs to demonstrate the power, the knowledge, the sense of security and confidence to show the other team members, the patient and family that the nurse is the one who is in charge of the care. The nurse, of course, performs this role with respect for all team members, peer, patients and families.
The nurse knows how to use the power with grace and humility. The professional attitude gains respect of others and exudes a sense of compassion and caringfor others that is critical to the nurse’s role. Nurses are special people.