Omaha, NE (August 6, 2015) – If you're a travel nurse working in an ER or ICU setting, or even in standard inpatient and outpatient environments, there is a strong chance you will have to communicate on some level with hospital visitors. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, discusses the best ways a travel nurse can communicate with hospital visitors.
Whether they are close friends or family, visitors need to be treated with the same respect and dignity that you already show your patients. What's more, hospital visitors are actually a key factor in patient outcomes. Studies have shown that when patients have the opportunity to interact with their loved ones, it reduces their stress and anxiety, reduces their length of stay, reduces cardiovascular issues, and allows the patient to feel more secure overall.
Your job as a nurse is to work toward improving patient outcomes, and this includes communication with hospital visitors, as they are valuable to patient success. Additionally, in more serious instances when a patient cannot speak for themselves, proper communication between medical personnel and certain hospital visitors is crucial.
However, there are some rules that nurses and doctors must follow to keep patients safe and allow visitors to make the most of their time with their loved one.
Unrestricted access: In ICU areas, it's important that one family member or friend is the designated support person for the patient. This individual is integral for emotional and physical support – however, it is important that you keep the patient's preferences in mind first.
Make sure that visitors stay healthy: Hospitals are generally very clean places, but they aren't immune to germs. Because patients are using all of their energy to feel better, it's crucial that visitors refrain from visiting if they are suffering from colds or the flu. You should also remind visitors to wash their hands well and use hand sanitizer before and after entering patient rooms.
Read the full article for more ways a travel nurse can communicate with visitors.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.