Help Make Your Patients Feel Comfortable!
Practical nurses play a crucial role in the everyday care of patients. They assist in patients’ basic care including feeding, changing, and bathing. One attribute of a great practical nurse is their ability to comfort patients.
As a practical nurse working in a hospital or long-term health facility, you have the opportunity to make your patients’ stay comfortable.
If you want to build stronger bonds with your patients while providing high-quality healthcare, here are five steps to make your patients more comfortable and relaxed.
Tip #1: Get to know your patients
Getting to know your patients can help make them more comfortable around you. Ask your patients about their interests and families to build bonds with them. Even if your patients come in for a short visit, ask them what they’re doing for the season or ask them about school or work. You can make them feel more comfortable by sharing something about yourself. Being personable can help you patients feel invited and less anxious about their check-up.
Tip #2: Create an inviting environment
Practical nurses can prepare hospital rooms, doctor’s offices, and nursing homes with wall art, decorations, and open windows. Filling the room with natural light (if possible) and some colorful decorations helps liven up the space. You can even help patients personalize their rooms if they decide to make it feel more home-like.
Tip #3: Adjust the temperature
To comfort your patients, ask them how they like the temperature. If it’s too cold, offer extra blankets for your patients. If it’s too warm offer your patient a cold pack or a fan. If they request it to be cooler, it’s crucial that you also test your patients’ temperature to make sure they don’t have a fever.
Tip #4: Educate your patients and their families
Your patients and their families may feel anxious if they don’t understand the health issues and procedures they’re undergoing. Educate your patients on their health status and give them a step-by-step guide on check-ups or medical procedures. If they have more technical concerns, ask the doctor to stop by again and clarify any health information. You can also educate families on ways they can safely and properly take care of the ill patient.
Tip #5: Follow-up with patients
Be sure to follow-up with your patients frequently. If they request information or an item for their comfort, make sure to get it to them as soon as possible. Following-up with your patients shows that you care about their well-being and may help ease their anxiety or discomfort. Check-in with your patients regularly to see if they need anything and to check their status.
Tip #6: Spend time with your patients
If you work in a long-term healthcare facility, you’ll have patients that you get to know over time. In hospitals, you may also have patients who are admitted for a few days or weeks. If you have free time, spend time reading a book or talking with your patients. Although you may be very busy, even a few minutes with patients who don’t have any family members to visit will appreciate your time.
Tip #7: Be positive
Patients want to feel that someone is helping them or watching over them if they’re in pain or discomfort. Being a positive reinforcement for your patients may help ease their discomfort. Remember to smile, make eye contact, and comfort them with kind words. A calm demeanor and gentle words can patients feel more relaxed.
We hope these tips help you make a comfortable environment for your patients. Although patients are going through a trying time, your friendly assistance could make their stay easier.
If you’re interested in a Practical Nurse career path, consider applying to the Salter School of Nursing & Allied Health. We also offer a Patient Care Technician and Licensed Nursing Assistant training program. Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour.