There are a number of philosophies and theories that have been formulated to act as guides on how nurses should behave and handle their patients. All these theories and philosophies are based on the simple fact that nurses should ensure that their patients are well taken care of, so as to quicken their recovery process.
An ideal nurse should know that patients have different ailments, and that these ailments affect them differently, and so should be treated differently (Sheldon 123). Again, nurses should know how to maintain conducive environments that will enhance the healing process of the nurses.
Before treating a patient, a nurse should take time to carry out proper tests and gather whatever information that may be useful (Sheldon 164). This information helps the nurse decide on the best treatment strategy, and on whether to delegate elements of the treatment process. For instance, if the case is a bit sensitive, a wise nurse will avoid delegating any element of the treatment, and if they do, it should be under strict supervision. The information is also needed to clearly define the actual problem of the patient. A nurse needs to be well skilled and trained for this exercise.
A good nurse needs to identify the 14 basic human needs on which the nursing practice is based. This means that they need to identify themselves with their patients (Sheldon 178). To achieve this, a nurse needs to be a good observer and listener. A lot of patience is needed from the nurses to be able to understand exactly what their patients need, so as to be able to provide individualistic care.
In conclusion, an ideal nurse should be well skilled and trained. They should also be knowledgeable on the various diseases and how to handle people suffering from diseases. For this, they should keep abreast of all treatment procedures and nursing practices.
Sheldon Kennedy Lisa. Communication for Nurses: Talking with Patients, Second Edition.
Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008. Print.