3 Things Nurses Should NEVER Say to Patients

Nurses have one of the most stressful yet fulfilling jobs of all. Long hours and numerous patients to tend to is a lot for one person to take on. However, nurses must keep in mind that patients are highly vulnerable and anything that is said or done outside of the task at hand could be taken the wrong way. Here are a few things that will help you while you care for your patients. 

Keep Patient Conversations Professional

Focusing on patients’ needs and goals keeps them in line towards recovery. As a nurse, you must ensure your patient’s comfort and well-being at all times. Although you may connect with your patient on a personal level, it is best to remain professional and provide information relevant to their condition and what they should expect in the days ahead.

Do Not Talk About Others

Remember that patients are often in a delicate situation. You can contribute to a positive hospital environment by keeping comments about other nurses and healthcare professionals to yourself. This will keep the patient at ease. A difference in professional opinions is something that can be beneficial to the patient’s progress; another professional’s opinion should always be considered if it’s in the best interest of the patient. If a problem should occur, be sure to resolve issues away from the patient in a professional manner.

Keep Personal Opinions To Yourself

As you gain professional work experience and knowledge, you may be inclined to give a patient your opinion, especially when it concerns your patient. However, a doctor order and a patient’s decision must be carried out in a professional manner regardless of any personal beliefs. Going against what they say or want may lead to a lack of trust between patient and nurse, making your job more difficult than it needs to be. Ultimately, a patient’s comfort is most important.

Nurses spend more time with patients than other healthcare professionals; thus, they often find it difficult to avoid building a relationship with them. Remembering these guidelines will aid you as you perform your duties as a nurse. At Ardor Health Services, we have many job listings that will help you find the professional healthcare job that works for you.