Registered nurses encompass one of the biggest segments of the workforce in the United States with over 3 million registered nurses in the country. Now because of a combination of new regulations, changing policies, and the aging population, America is about to experience a major nursing shortage — This issue is also being discussed in the UK and Europe, not to mention South America and Africa being always in need of professional nurses. In short, the world over, we need great nurses more than ever. International Nurses Day is here again and we want to take the time to shed light on what makes nurses so valuable to hospitals and their communities. Nurses affect human lives by the very nature of their profession, nurses are the backbone of hospitals.
Role and Responsibilities of Nurses in Hospitals and Healthcare
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The structures of health care systems helps determine how doctors and nurses collaborate during hospital rounds, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. A greater understanding of such team-based treatment in hospitals could help improve patient care. Collaboration among different types of health care professionals, like doctors and nurses, is good for patients because it provides greater communication, coordination of care and patient-centered decision making. One way to promote this type of team-based care is by having a mix of providers visit hospital patients together, called rounding.
Both doctors and nurses are obviously important to the medical industry. One provides opinions and diagnosis while the other offers aid and physical treatment. In short, they are both complementary factors to what makes a medical facility operate smoothly.
The roles of doctor and nurse used to be worlds apart. Doctors had more knowledge, more experience and more authority than nurses. Only doctors prescribed drugs. Professional dress for doctors and nurses separated them visually. As the practice of medicine has changed, the functions of doctors and nurses and the relationship between them have changed, too.