How Good Nurses Make A Doctor's Job Easier

FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Ryan Gray, MD

4.     They advocate for patients. Nurses help patients get what they want and need. They serve as communication liaisons between patients and doctors. They also help to filter (sometimes unreasonable or misdirected) patient requests so that doctors only need to deal with the really important stuff.
5.     They provide education and answer questions. Without nurses, doctors would spend much more time answering patient questions. Often, a nurse can describe a procedure, answer a scheduling question, respond to family inquiries or provide advice. This extra time allows doctors to see more patients more efficiently and spend the extra time dealing with serious cases.
6.     They put their instincts and experience to work. Because nurses often treat patients with a wide range of medical problems, they have experience and develop instincts that may allow them to quickly spot potential problems. Doctors are typically limited to certain specialty areas, so they may not be as quick to clue in on a symptom or issue outside the scope of their practice.
A quality nursing staff doesn’t just benefit your patients—great nurses can also benefit your sanity, your reputation and your practice. But, what makes a good nurse tick? In my next post, I’ll clue you in on the personal and professional characteristics that I’ve seen in the great nurses that I’ve worked with.

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