Nursing Leadership In Emergencies
There are people who are born leaders. Leading and taking control come naturally to them, while there are also others who are not. The issue is not about determining who and who aren’t those naturally born leaders are, but what demands more attention is how to act as leaders, natural born or not, in emergency and life and death situations.
When it comes to emergency or crisis situations, every second counts especially at the first phase of illness or trauma. Response and action must be taken immediately. Nurses face dozens of crisis situations from time to time. With that, nurses must have ample knowledge on what to do and how to do it quickly.
Things to remember:
- Assess then prioritize.
When facing crisis circumstances, nurses must have rapid assessment skills and must handle things according to priority. Identify what is urgent and needs to be done first from what can be done later.
- Always expect the worst in every situation and be ready for it.
Anticipate what happens next and be ready to act.
- Intervene untimely and assertively.
If something’s not right fix it before it becomes worse. You must be able to work quickly and resolutely in emergency situations
- Don’t be afraid to tell others what they need to do.
Organization is important. You can’t ever do everything all at the same time, especially when faced with critical events. Someone has to instantly dole out roles. Delegate activities that you can no longer handle, but by doing so, be sure that the person you assign the task with is capable of executing it.
A nurse’s role has been neglected by many for years, but the truth is, not everyone knows how nurses could change even a single life forever. Not all nurses acknowledge that even the smallest things they perform could affect the patient more than they think it would. Patients place their lives in our hands with confidence that we know how to handle it well.
To be effective an effective nurse, one must have a range of proper skills, knowledge, attitude and characteristics that are comparable to those acquired by many leaders. Nurses must be equipped with both wide-ranging and explicit knowledge about health care to give quality patient care for people of all ages. We, as nurses must always be prepared and armed to treat a wide diversity of diseases or injury conditions with professionalism and competence, may it be as simple as a scrape of the knee or as fatal as a heart attack.