Giving a special care to individuals, families, and society as a whole to help them recover from a health problem of different types is the basics of nursing. Love and affection which gives the patient hope and emotional boost is one very important component of the healing process of a patient (Enelow & Kursmark, 2010). Special training is given to ensure quality delivery of the care services as it also involves administration of drugs when the physician is away, handling of wounds and emotional well being of the patient. With training and advanced studies, qualified nurses are licenced to set up their own clinics where they can diagnose and prescribe medication to a patient and do follow up to ensure requirements for recovery is observed.
High quality state of health of the patient is best achieved when both parties are involved in long term process of treatment and management. The concept of care continuestinue involves special attention or focus to a particular patient during the healing process including other personal matters. Reports provided by researches show that continuing care can be broadly classified onto three (DeNisco & Barker, 2013). The first is informational continuity that refers to efficient transfer of knowledge of the involved to ensure the steps followed is beneficial to the client. It helps the physician know the sequence of the steps to follow for the best interest of the patient. Management continuity is the second type and it involves coordination among health care providers to ensure that the service delivered meet the minimum standards and are of benefits to those receiving the services. There also exist a type of continuity that is therapeutic and is known as interpersonal continuity which provides a link of past, present, and future care which helps the physician know how to handle a particular patient.
Formation of accountable health care organisations is another form of change that has occurred in health care provision. It involves the coordination of trained or professional healthcare providers who come together with the intention of providing high quality services to the society. Major concern are the chronic diseases that need regular and close administration for the well being of the patient. In coordination with the medicare, physicians in these organisations gather information about a particular patient's history to help in knowing the therapeutic process that will be of greatest help to the patient at any stage of the sickness mostly those suffering from chronic diseases such as cancer. Cost effectiveness is another factor put into consideration in the formulation of this type of organisation. Charges should be affordable to the public to enable them seek the services.
Nursing practitioners who have advanced knowledge are allowed to set up medical homes and clinics whereby at an agreed fee continued monitoring of a patient over time is given to ensure improvement on the health condition of the patient. Consultation can also be done in this special clinics regarding diseases and health care procedures depending on the specialisation of the nurse (Carpenito, 2013). The services by the nurses can be offered at home where the nurse takes regular visits conducting checks and proceeding instruction on what to be done next or a group of nurses hires a premise where the patients pay a regular visit according to the instructions given. The society has embraced this idea well as it has been of much importance to the people seeking this type of service at an affordable fee and may be not far from the place of residence.
Opinion from several nurses showed this idea is taken positively and offering services to the community in ensuring quality services by prioritizing well being of the patients and other things will follow. The need to improve on the knowledge of dealing with a variety of patients by studying and taking classes and working under experienced physicians was taken positively because knowledge is power and would help some of those practising in this field realise their full potential. Coming together to form groups in the different regions to offer the services was also a fascinating idea as it would grant one a chance of interaction with others and exchange knowledge in different areas of specialisation. From a critical perspective, a nurse is a vital person in the well being of a patient in a medical care centre or community as whole because of the close interaction with the patient that ensures exchange of information and regular communication which is important for the continuous healing of the patient.
In conclusion, nurses are very important in the well being of both the in-patients and the out-patients. The services provided by the nurses to the community does not only affect the patient, but also other members of the community especially when it comes to dealing with those people at critical stages of chronic diseases such as cancer or aids. Those practising in this field should be urged to undertake further studies to improve the quality of services provided. Observation of this will ensure that the economic growth of the place is observed as health plays a major role.
Carpenito, L. J. (2013). Nursing care plans.
DeNisco, S., & Barker, A. M. (2013). Advanced practice nursing: Evolving roles for the transformation of the profession. Burlington, Mass: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Enelow, W., & Kursmark, L. (2010). Expert Resumes for Health Care Careers. Indianapolis: JIST Pub.