Monday, November 19, 2012

Clinical Tips

Smile. A cheerful heart is good medicine (Prov. 17:22). There are so many long faces among patients and hospital staff. As a nursing student, you have the opportunity to be a bright sunny spot in the lives of numerous people, especially your patients and their nurses.

Be confident in yourself. Confidence communicates to your patients that you know what you’re doing, and they can trust you.   

Don’t be afraid to go into your patient’s room. At this point in your clinical experience, you may still feel like you’re bothering your patients if you go into their rooms, but your job is to take care of your patients, and you can’t do that from the hallway.

Don’t be afraid of criticism. Most patients are very understanding and encouraging, but even if they do criticize you, take it as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and become a better nurse. You can learn a lot from your patients as they share with you their experiences, desires, and frustrations.  

Remember that you’re not alone. The Lord is with you wherever you go (Matt. 28:20). If God has called you to nursing, then He will give you the strength and grace you need to be a nurse (Phil. 1:6).

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