We all know that Nursing Services are an integral part of healthcare, be it at the hospital or at home. They are the biggest sources of next-best medical support for patient and their families.
The duties done by a nurse are important for the patient as they cater to 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 the medical management of a patient, they also
Monitor and record blood sugar and blood pressure on 6 hourly bases or as advised by the doctor.
Assist with exercises as advised by the 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 tubes, catheters, nasal cannulas, 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.
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.