WHAT CAN NURSES CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY?
Written by Caring Nurses
First of all, nursing must be able to demonstrate its own competencies in all areas of work.
Users call for professionals with communication skills, who allow the expression of the complaint, who listen to the needs, fears, doubts, who are sensitive to their limitations, who give them confidence, who transmit hope, who train them for self-care.
Nurses know and must personalize care: evaluating the needs of each patient, of each person with whom they work, proposing and planning interventions that solve or help solve, the problems detected. Nursing diagnoses, nursing interventions and their expected results should be the axes of professional performance.
Nurses must continue to develop their educational role and expand this role to other non-health areas: promoting the health of children and young people, occupational health and risk prevention, promoting active ageing, etc.
Nursing professionals must value their ability to support the family in their role as caregivers: at home, in primary and hospital care. Nurses act as health-promoting agents, evaluators, managers, care planners and must be the reference for those who provide some of this basic care: family caregivers of the sick, the elderly, children or dependents.
Our professionals have a continuous and comprehensive vision of the processes and that allows them to intervene in the face of different determinants of health and disease and propose actions that optimize the capacities and resources of citizens, families and the communities with which they work. A community nurse, for example, can propose adaptations in the home, changes in lifestyle that avoid health risks, implement social resources to support a disabled person to be more autonomous, put a patient in contact with an association of affected people that has self-help groups, evaluate the adequacy of treatment or the difficulty of its follow-up, and much more.
We have the patients, the users, the population on our side. In satisfaction surveys, nurses are well valued, in general terms.
Nursing professionals are willing to contribute their professional knowledge in new areas of action in line with new care needs.
There is a whole field of nursing intervention in health promotion, in the psychosocial field, in care for people with disabilities, in occupational health, health education in various groups, which can count on general nurses and specialists for their growth.
It should be noted that nurses deserve more social recognition and better working conditions. Recognition in the sense of visualizing this professional work, giving prominence in health care. Recognition is taking your analysis, perspective, and input into account when making laws, health plans, or new services. Recognition also means valuing your work and investing in its improvement: in salaries, in contracts, in specialized positions, in investments in resources, in training, in risk prevention, in financing research projects, in evaluating the quality of care, in addition, to improve working conditions (job security, job security, better salaries, professional promotion, continuous training, participation and participatory management).
More professionals are needed to adequately care for patients and families because nursing care must be planned, supervised and evaluated and that requires leadership in all areas and services (public and private, health or social, mutual and special education centers, associations and NGOs) in which nursing care is provided.