How Nurses Make a Difference in Their Community

With over 3.4 million people in the industry, nurses have the power to bring about change. Not just small change, either. Nurses have access to not only a patient’s chart, but their heart, soul, and family as well. They see the emotional side and learn about the patient’s life on a very personal basis. With that knowledge in hand, a nurse can use her (or his) voice to be one of the most powerful advocates for change on almost every level. 

Improve Quality of Life

Nurses improve the quality of their patient’s lives, as well as that of their peers. Every time a nurse answers the call to help or treat, whether in a healthcare setting or on their personal time, they improve the quality of life for that patient and their family. They help them to maintain their dignity during an extremely difficult time.

When they are on the job, taking over another nurse’s tasks while they are busy with an emergency or helping another patient, keeps stress levels low in the workplace. It also helps to create a work environment that promotes equality and compassion. Nurses who work together improve each other’s lives and are better able to care for their patients in a relaxed and professional manner.

Educate

Nurses educate. They counsel their patients during rough periods in the healing process. They educate family members in how to properly care for their loved one. During the off-time, nurses often educate others in the public simply by explaining how a procedure works or encouraging someone to see the doctor when they are experiencing unfamiliar symptoms.

Many nurses go the extra mile and teach classes in First Aid or work with non-profit groups to help educate members about certain health conditions or diseases. Retired nurses often return to their old jobs to volunteer allowing them to keep their skills honed and at the ready. They establish campaigns designed to educate the public about community health and wellness programs.

Advocate

A nurse is the best  a patient can have. Not only do they understand what their patients need individually and collectively, they see what the healthcare industry offers, as well as what it doesn’t. It’s their job to find a way to balance both sides and ensure that each patient has what they need to regain their health and live as productive a life as possible.

Advocates play many roles. A few of those roles include:

  • Educate local, state and federal lawmakers about changes that need to be made within the healthcare system
  • Educate family and friends on programs that can help improve their loved one’s quality of life
  • Speak out against common issues facing patients, such as abuse, neglect, addiction, etc.
  • Offer advice on how to advocate for their relatives in areas outside of a nurse’s scope of care

Advocating goes far beyond ensuring that care is received. It also involves maintaining a level of trust in which the patient and their family continue to reach out when care is needed. A nurse often knows her patients outside of his or her job. Being able to render aid and offer advice in times of need are things that a nurse does naturally whether they are at work or not.

The impact of a nurse on her patients and her community is long-lasting. From the beginning of her career until the time she is no longer capable of offering care to others, she will remain dedicated to performing her duties in whatever capacity is needed. The role of a nurse often extends past the walls of the hospital or doctor’s office that employs her. It reaches into the community and extends to others who may not otherwise receive the care they need. Her ability to speak out on behalf of those who would not have a voice is a blessing in many ways. The changes she is capable of making by seeing both sides of the situation are life-changing. While she may never know the full impact of her service, those around her will be able to enjoy a higher quality of life and thrive in more ways than many of us can imagine.

 

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