10 Commandments for Nurses

Ever wonder how decrees affect the quality of your job performance? One of the most effective ways to deliver excellent nursing service is the publication of the set of rules tagged as “nursing ethics and standards.” Being a nurse requires a mixture of skills, knowledge and certain attributes. In a health care delivery system, primary nursing care is of utmost importance towards patient recovery. Hence, a good foundation with the set rules and regulations serves as windows to an efficient and sound health care. To serve as a guideline, listed below are some whimsical advises that is important in daily performance of a nursing task.

Commandment Number 1: Thou Shalt Provide Comfort and Empathy to Patients in a Day-to-day Basis. This is a good-humored way to remind nursing professionals that the job is more than just administering medication. Requisites of advance recovery from illness are comfort and compassion nurses provide.

Commandment Number 2: Thou Shalt Respect Patient Confidentiality and Privacy. Confidentiality is an individual right to having his or her personal details undisclosed. Information relating to medical findings and the like are legally allowed to physicians and members of the health team only. If confidentiality protects the patient’s data, privacy safeguards the client from being seen by others when procedures that are performed necessitate exposure of certain body parts.

Commandment Number 3: Thou shalt not predict your patient’s vital signs; you are a nurse not a fortune-teller. I’ve been there, I know how tiring it is when you keep on monitoring a patient’s VS and there seemed to be no alterations in your findings. However, foretelling VS results are not accurate. Sudden alteration in the health status of your patient may go unnoticed when doing so.

Commandment Number 4: Thou shalt not wear trendy shoes during your shift. It may look good but I assure you, it’ll kill your feet before surviving your shift.

Commandment Number 5: Thou shalt not direct patient’s uneaten dessert or meals to your bags or mouth. No matter how delish the food may look or even if the client doesn’t eat them, nurses are not allowed to eat them.

Commandment Number 6: Thou shalt keep in mind that the best medicine a nurse can offer is offering warm smiles of greetings to the patient. A warm smile can lighten up patient mood and is helpful in the restoration of their health.

Commandment Number 7: Thou shalt not pass on all of the tasks to new nurses or volunteers. New nurses should be taught about the procedures practiced in the hospital. They are partners in health care delivery not servants to delegate the tasks designated to you.

Commandment Number 8: Thou shalt keep the nurses station quiet. Patients are in hospitals to recover from illnesses. Hence, they should be given an environment conducive to healing. Chitchats are of course acceptable considering that the topic is not about back-biting the absent personnel or the voices are kept at minimum.

Commandment Number 9: Thou shalt avoid physical burn-out by taking good care of thyself. Eat healthy foods, have a regular exercise schedule and have a good time once in a while.

Commandment Number 10: Thou shalt not call your patient with hilarious nicknames such as ‘Mr. Farter’ and the like. 

Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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