Long-term care positions. Why? Why is it important to have a strong nursing presence in long-term care?
Being a nurse nowadays has somewhat become a fad. Many individuals take up nursing because of the wage and the hope of a greener pasture. This somehow led to the very reason that not all nurses now are really called to become one. Nursing is a vocation as well as a profession but what is true at the present is that it has become only as a profession. Even though one has not been called to be a nurse but by the dictate of the family, environment and situation are forced to enroll and be a nurse. This trend greatly affects their performances in the future towards their care for their clients.
It has been known that nurses have not been fascinated to having long term care positions. This somehow due to burnout, nurses finds it tiresome to take care of a client in an excess period of time and this may be due to small wage or salary which cannot highly compensate their efforts in caring and assisting the client and doing nursing procedures.
It is very important to have a strong nursing presence in long- term care because we all know that the role of the nurse is to take care of those who are in great health condition. Sick people rely on the nurses for their care. A nurse must possess patience, understanding and self sacrificing qualities. An individual who does not only think of money but the real meaning of being a nurse which is of noble regard. Just like Henderson’s definition of nursing, “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge. By doing this nurses would help the client gain independence as rapidly as possible. Nurses should think of the welfare of his patient first before anything else. The one who is greatly concern of the health condition of other individuals and does his best to alleviate the discomfort the patient is experiencing.
To be able to bring solution with this, nurses should receive the salary that they deserve so that they will be more enthusiastic and interested in their field of profession. They should also be given proper knowledge, advanced skills for them to apply to their client so that their care for them will no longer be a common routine.
Nursing. New Standard Encyclopedia. Volume 9. Pages 898- 899.