Being Patient with Your Patients

As a nurse, you likely have gotten used to working long, late hours. You may not work the regular hours that your significant other does. You might not see your children as often as you would like because of your career. These conditions can create a lot of psychological stress that you could bring into your workplace.

Dealing with difficult patients can also be tough. Difficult patients might be people who are unhappy with how quickly people attend to them, or they could be upset with the food service at the hospital, or they could have other issues. Since you are the nurse, you could be the first person to hear the patients’ criticism.

It is important to note you are not in charge of everything. You cannot determine how quickly doctors can see patients or whether or not the patients will enjoy their food. That is up to other people who work at the hospital.

One big stressor might occur when the hospital has too many patients and not enough hospital staff. Bestselling author M. J. Ryan told Nursezone.com that patience is a technique that can help in any situation. “On medical care, nurses are asked to be doing more and more with less and less,” Ryan said. “Keeping a cool head on your shoulders and having compassion is clearly something that helps.”

Ryan said patience can help with your body and the overall hospital situation too. “It helps create answers and solutions and it helps the body physiologically,” Ryan said. “The more calm you get, the more you’re able to rationally deal with the situation.” The American Hospital Association (AHA) reported that there were more than thirty-three million hospital admissions in the United States in 2015. The Society of Critical Care Medicine noted that medical professionals care for about fifty-five thousand people each day in the United States. Conditions are similar in other areas of the world. According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, British hospitals admitted 43,500 patients daily between 2014 and 2015.

With so many patients, it is easy to see how you may have some trouble with patience now and then. However, it is important to remember that your patients do not want to be patients or stay at the hospital. They would rather be living a healthier life somewhere else. Keeping that in mind may help you to get through some of the roughest times on the job.

About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery, and the entertainment industry.

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