Mandy Day-Calder looks at the benefits and pitfalls of using humour with patients and colleagues
Mandy Day-Calder looks at ways to increase your confidence in your decision-making ability.
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Nurses have a duty to put their personal views to one side. Here are some strategies to cope when you find yourself judging a patient or situation.
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What do you do if a colleague is having a bad day every day? Resist the urge to judge, assess the situation - and report any concerns about safety immediately.
Keeping the balance right in nurse-patient relationships is vital to protect yourself, your patients and avoid burn out.
If delivered well, providing honest, constructive feedback to your colleagues can be a positive experience for all concerned
Nurses need to be flexible, confident team players
Being a nurse doesn’t give immunity from long-term illness: points to consider after being diagnosed
Information specialist nurse Ellen Watters offers advice to those wanting to move out of the health service
Nurse advising a patient
Overstepping boundaries can undermine patients’ trust and respect – and may put your future registration at risk.
In addition to providing compassionate care and administering correct treatments, the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code states that nurses must keep patients and the public safe and free from harm.
Referring to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Code’s second theme – practise effectively; think what effective nursing care means to you and how this has an impact on the essence of quality care.
To remain on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register as a qualified nurse you will have to revalidate every three years. This involves demonstrating that you are incorporating the NMC Code into your day-today practice and continuing professional development.
On graduating from your nursing degree course, one aspect of nursing life you may be worried about is how you will cope with taking responsibility for a group of patients, or even a whole ward.