We all know that Nursing Care is an integral part of healthcare, be it at the hospital or at home. They are the biggest sources of next-best medical support for the patient and their families.
The duties done by a nurse are important for the patient as they cater to the medical needs like injections, suction, wound dressing, medical monitoring, etc. Unlike attendants, who only cater to the physical and personal requirements of the patient, a nurse looks after their medical needs under the guidance of the treating physician.
Being medically trained, nurses are adept in assisting with medication management by reminding and assisting the patient in taking medications, keeping a check if the medicine needs to be refilled and informing the family about it, and even refilling the pill box as required.
As the nurses are trained in medical management of a patient, they also
Monitor and record blood sugar and blood pressure on 6 hourly basis or as advised by doctor.
Assist with exercises as advised by doctor.
Attend medical appointments and provide accurate updates to the doctor.
In cases when the patient is on supportive equipment or incapable, they also manage tube feedings, monitor oxygen supply, catheter change, stoma bag change, tracheostomy change, etc.
They also monitor and keep a check on equipment supplies like NG tube, catheter, nasal cannula, intricate, etc. which might be required by the patient.
They also administer IM/IV medications as directed by the treating physician.
Communication is an important part of patient care especially with the patient, family members, and treating physician. A nurse should
Update family members on the status of the patient daily.
Updated family members on seeing any new changes in behavior or health.
Update the treating physician through teleconsultation or email regularly regarding the patient.