Nurses’ Duties and Responsibilities

Nurses who are conversant with the full scope of their responsibilities offer quality healthcare. Aside from excellent nursing skills, they are competent in public health and social assistance (Li et al., 2019). The duties and responsibilities of a nurse differ from one clinic to another. In hospitals that do not have a lot of complex nursing procedures, there is no need for a nurse. For instance, nursing assistants and resident doctors can handle the work of a professional nurse in outpatient clinics. Those who manage hospitals can develop private nursing stations and triage clinics where nursing professionals can assemble when patients are few. Patients and doctors will seek their services only when they are necessary. Nurses’ efforts contribute to healthy societies by preventing diseases, injuries, and disabilities. They do excellent jobs when they follow essential guidelines in their line of duty.

Table 1: Guidelines for Nursing in Outpatient Clinics

Roles Descriptions Guidelines
Management of the Surroundings Nurses contribute to ensuring that the environments where they deliver healthcare services are comfortable for the occupants. A comfortable environment does not have noise, unpleasant smells, and dirt. The nurses should minimize noise by getting rid of things that cause noise pollution. Also, they must ensure the appropriate disposal of wastes to make the environment tidy and free of odors. The surroundings will be more comfortable if the rooms have adequate lighting and privacy (Oldland et al., 2020).
Receiving patients Outpatients who visit clinics for checkups must see a nurse when their examination involves clinical procedures. Nurses should take essential measurements and take note of symptoms that a patient has. For instance, taking measurements of height, weight, and blood sugar is inevitable in most cases. Time should be sufficient for testing, teaching, and providing appropriate care for every patient (Pleh et al., 2020).
Promotion of safety All services that nurses provide should not be harmful to themselves and the patients. Nurses should identify and eliminate risks or report them to relevant personnel. They must comply with safety procedures to prevent infections and avoid improper use of drugs (Oldland et al., 2020).

Many guidelines enable nurses to provide timely and professional care for their patients. The roles that nurses play affect the patients, their families, and those residing next to clinics. Therefore, every health worker should be conversant with general rules that prevent environmental pollution, promote safety and good health.


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