It’s obvious that in order to take on the lifestyle of a traveling nurse, you must posses certain qualities not seen in your typical nurse. For a travel nurse to succeed they must be open to adventure and be willing to step up and take on their new position with little or no orientation at all. They must be confident and assertive, yet pleasant and empathetic. Just like anything in life, you must be ready to switch gears at any time and be ready to take on any number of challenges you must face with the same smiling face, especially when dealing with children and then turn around to deal with senior citizens as patients.
Have you ever thought why patients may act up when a nurse is present? Why they may be sweet and attentive or bitter and distrustful? A nurse may have preconceived notions about their patients and hope that each is as pleasant as the last. But is this ever the case?
The one important thing to remember about the patients you’re caring for is they may have lingering bad memories of a loved one who was admitted to the hospital or a personal experience of their own that has essentially scarred them for life. Nurses must remember to be mindful of each person’s unique situation and adjust their treatment to cater to their needs. Just think of the many stages one goes through in life, the infant, the toddler, the school age child, the teenager, and finally the adult.
Over at ScrubsMag.com you can read about the differing stages of these certain types of patients and how you can adjust the way you deal with them to provide them with the most optimum care possible.
Throughout nursing we encounter different personalities, different ages, and different backgrounds on a daily basis. Although it can be hard, try to put yourself in your patient’s shoes. There could be nothing more gratifying than hearing one of your more difficult patients expressing how thankful they are for the care you provided.