Home nursing is a commitment to take care for a sick member of the family focusing on the needs and general health of the sick person. Getting aick is part of life. If a sick person is left unattended his condition will worsen and might cost his life. If you like if we let a professional give the necessary attention, it will cost a great deal of money.
Importance of home nursing to the family and community
Home nursing when done properly will have the following benefits:
The home nurse will be able to learn the physical and emotional needs of a sick person;
The home nurse will be able to strengthen family ties by jointly taking care of the sick person.
The home nurse will be given an opportunity to practice basic knowledge in taking care of sick people thus, gaining skills and expertise;
The home nurse will be able to give the necessary warmth needed by a sick person which will lessen boredom.
The home nurse will be able to save money for the family by taking care of the sick person at home rather than in the hospital.
Characteristics of a home nurse
Not everybody can be a home nurse. He or she should possess some qualities in order to become one.
CONSIDERATE - the good home nurse is attentive and sensitive to the needs and feelings of the patient and should be able to attend to the needs immediately.
SUNNY DISPOSITION - a good home nurse must know how to encourage the patient in a joyful manner for a speedy recovery.
FLEXIBLE - hey good home nurse must learn how to adjust to the needs of the patient, finding ways and means to attend to them.
OBSERVANT - hey good home nurse must be conscious of vital signs pertaining to the patient's condition. He or she must learn to keep a record of the medications, food intake and other important matters pertaining to the patient's condition.
Duties and responsibilities of a home nurse
The primary concern of a home nurse is to ensure a speedy recovery and safety of the patient. In order to do so, he or she must learn by heart the following duties and responsibilities.
Make the room of the patient in a way that it will facilitate quick recovery ;
Give medications on time and keep medicines properly;
Record patients vital signs, medications, food intake and others;
Update the doctor about the patient's condition;
Must observe personal hygiene to prevent infecting the patient;
Provide comfort to the patient;
Double check the medications being given to patients.