Working in patient care is a fine and delicate dance. You are beholden to the process of practicing medicine to ensure that everything is accounted for, but you also need to be conscientious of the humanity of the patient you’re caring for. So how do you make this balance? How can you provide the care the patients and their families need while also adhering to all the necessary minutia of medicine? Here are some tips to keep you going.
Learn Technology to Help You
There have been a lot of changes in the healthcare industry in the last few years, and most of those revolve around technology. Patients are noticing it, too. They feel as though intake nurses and doctors aren’t really listening to them while they’re typing. Knowing how to use the technology efficiently can actually enhance your ability to interact with patients if done correctly.
Remember Why You Got Into Patient Care
Ultimately, it never hurts to go back and rethink why it is that you decided to get into patient care in the first place. Did you want to help others? Keeping this in mind, and renewing your dedication to it, is one of the best ways to regain the balance between procedures and positive patient care.
Create a Checklist
To make your job easier, streamline the process even more. Know what you need to do each and every time, and create a personal checklist to help you accomplish those tasks. You can check them off as you finish them, which will allow you to take some additional time to provide good patient care so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’ve completed a necessary action.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
We are part of a culture where individualism is celebrated and preferred, but that isn’t always the best way to do something. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and you’re unable to balance processes with care, ask someone else to help you out until you can regain control over the situation. This will help you and your patients immensely.
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