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Embarking On Bedside

Embarking On Bedside. If you are a physician and your bedside manner has been causing you to worry for some time, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate your approach. One of the most important things a physician does is reassure a patient. Whether this is at the bedside or through another channel such as the phone, bedside manner plays an important role in helping to keep everyone feeling calm and collected during a hospital stay.

A physician's bedside manner also dictates how a patient feels about staying on-staff and how they react when problems arise. A bad bedside way can affect a patient s mood; it does elevate any stress, and it definitely guarantees trouble in forming a solid, positive bond with such a medical professional who is in a position to help cure illness.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has put together a guideline for the best way to conduct one's bedside duties. Called the “evidence-based quality improvement practice” (ERP) program, the guidelines set forth specific measures doctors can take to improve their bedside skills. 

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Among the tips to remember are: nurses should present the same kindness and caring toward a patient that they would if they were the patient's family; they should express gratitude and appreciation for a request before asking a question; they should allow a patient to make an appointment with someone other than their own personal doctor when possible; and, when possible, patients should be allowed to leave the bedside immediately to go visit a specialist if the visit is not urgent. The ACOG also suggests that nurses be reminded often that patients have the right to privacy. This is especially important for women.

Although we don't always strongly agree with all of these recommendations, we do strongly agree that a well-trained nurse should offer supportive care to patients who may be emotionally disturbed. Although the process by which this care is offered is not an exact science, most nurses are expected to have a very good sense of how a child is feeling at any given moment and what triggers that feeling. They also know how to avoid triggering the wrong response in the child.

In evaluating the behaviors of the patient and the family as a whole, two things are critical: listening and empathy. One of the most effective ways to elicit empathy from a person is to put him or her at the center of the attention, at least when the patient is in the examination room. As one of the authors of the EMR Practitioner's Code of Ethics wrote in his 2021 book, “In medicine, the term apathy is not equivalent to disinterest. Doctors who fail to connect with their patients are likely to ignore their own needs.” Therefore, it is critical that doctors and EMR practitioners (even those who now support the practices) work closely with the families of patients to ensure they have an environment that fosters an empathetic environment and encourages patients to discuss their concerns in an appropriate way.

Another aspect of the bedside manner that has been implemented across the nation is distraction. Distraction is a necessary part of the medical professional's job; however, when distraction occurs, the quality of care suffers. In some cases, this distraction may be caused by the resident themselves; however, in other cases, the distraction may come from another source. In both cases, the best solution is to ensure that distraction and lack of interest in the patient's well-being do not interfere with the doctor's attempts to provide safe and effective medical care.

Similarly, nurses are often at a fork in the road between being too busy to help and being too busy not to help. Some nurses strongly agree that it is important for them to make time for self-care and time with the patients; however, some nurses strongly agree that they need more time. One of the reasons that these nurses feel overwhelmed is because they feel that all of their time is required to perform clerical tasks and administrative tasks; however, there are some top nurses who feel that this time is necessary to perform the most important job that a nurse must do, which is to save lives.

Despite what the nurse feels is their duty, their job still requires them to make sure that the patient is getting the very best possible medical care, regardless of whether they strongly agree or disagree with the nurse's personal opinion. In short, these nurses are making the decisions about their own healthcare.

Finally, dissatisfaction exists between nurses who are implementing new practices and those who are not implementing new practices. The vast majority of nurses believe that they have a role to play in the overall improvement of patient care. However, not everyone agrees with the way that nurses should play their roles. Nurses strongly agree that they need to be more involved and that they deserve more time for themselves. As a result, the majority of nurses have decided that it is in their best interest to implement their ideas into the new CMN.

All things considered, implement a CMNA on staff if you think that you can make the steps necessary to ensure a high level of patient care while still maintaining a high staff-to-patient ratio. By taking these points into consideration, the overwhelming majority of nurses agree that a CMAB-certified nursing assistant is right for them. This, in essence, shows that the public does not have an adequate understanding of what it takes to become a certified nursing assistant. Nursing assistants must go through rigorous training and screenings before they become CNA's. A majority of them want to know that the process will actually make a difference in their career instead of just being seen as a simple solution to a given problem.

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