Omaha, NE (February 19, 2015) - When you have a lot of patients to look after, it can be easy to forget that you're treating a person who has a story and feelings. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares a few simple ways to connect with your patients.
Being sick can leave patients feeling vulnerable and isolated, which is why it can be extremely comforting when a nurse attempts to relate to them. Connecting with your patients doesn't take a whole lot of effort, but it can have a big impact on who you're treating. Check out these simple ways that you can relate to your patients as a travel nurse and help them feel more at ease:
Sitting down versus standing up next to a patient may not seem like something that would make a difference, but it does. Standing up can make it appear as though you're in a hurry, and you don't have time for this particular patient. According to a study at the University of Kansas Hospital, patients felt much more satisfied when the nurse sat at their bedsides than when they stood by their beds. You also tend to appear more open, friendly and calm when you're sitting.
"Sitting down, you are eye to eye with the patient instead of 'standing over' the patient and making the patient feel vulnerable," Joan K. McMahon, BSN, CRRN, MSA and spinal cord program coordinator at the University of Kansas Hospital, explained to The Kansas City Nursing News.
This gesture is something very simple you can do to help your patients feel more comfortable. Even if you're not in the room for very long, sitting down can make it seem like you were there for longer than you were.
Make physical contact
Making physical contact is just as important as making an emotional connection. You don't have to hug your patients – keep it simple with a handshake, a pat on the back or placing your hand on their shoulder as you talk to them. These small gestures are a way of telling the patients that you're there for them, and you care for them. Making physical contact with patients is a simple way of offering warmth and helps create trust.
Read the full article for more ways to connect with your patients.
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.