And it is that without people willing to do this work, the great men of society would not have carried out their objectives. What would be the current health without Florence Nightingale, known as the mother of modern nursing, who went down in history for her work during the Crimean War and for her contribution to the reform of sanitary conditions in military hospitals. Or Margaret Sanger, who in 1917 opened the first family planning clinic in the US and, later, founded the American League for Birth Control.
And it is that from the first moment in which you see the light of the world, your relationship with your first nurse, your matron, the one that attends you from the first cry, is born.
Although altruism is an essential quality in this profession, to be competent in it, something more is needed. It takes a lot of preparation and extensive experience.
“For his specialization, for his training, for his good communication with patients and with the rest of health professionals, for his dedication …”, explains Sandra Jiménez Gil, Director of Nursing of HC Marbella, the reasons why a nurse is as much or more important than a doctor in HC Marbella, and stresses that “one of the keys of nursing is to have good communication with patients, since it is a basic and fundamental component within the nursing profession. The health personnel must know how to listen so as to be able to understand the patient, so obtaining optimal communication means improving the quality of life and satisfaction of both patients and their families. ”
Characteristics such as empathy, active listening or respect for the dignity of the individual, to name a few, must be done with the aim of achieving effective communication and a satisfactory therapeutic relationship. All this generates a change when it comes to caring for and humanizing the entire care process, ostensibly improving the nurse-patient relationship.
Although these characteristics are basic for all nursing professionals, they become fundamental for specialized nursing, since the patient requires closeness and close monitoring. This is the case of oncology nursing and assisted reproduction nursing, two disciplines in which HC Marbella stands out.
At HC Marbella we have an Oncology Unit and a day hospital where the oncological patient receives specialized care from our side, “they are given chemotherapy treatment in a controlled manner, they are followed up and we also support the terminally ill”, declares Sandra Jiménez. “Our Oncology Unit is also involved in conducting oncological health education campaigns and early diagnosis in the population we serve,” she adds.
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of outpatient chemotherapy treatments, in part because new drugs are continuously appearing, therapeutic indications have increased in numerous tumors that until today lacked active drugs for their treatment, and in addition, non-chemotherapeutic drugs are emerging that improve tolerance and control of the toxicity of these treatments. This situation makes nursing care even more necessary.
Let’s not forget that cancer treatment is a multidisciplinary treatment. Oncological care is fundamentally a team work, which involves different units in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients (surgery, radiotherapy, pathology, laboratories, radiodiagnosis, preventive medicine and specialized services, hospital pharmacy) and is coordinated by the nursing station.
“There is no day that looks like another day,” says Maria Garrido, HC Marbella’s oncology nurse who helps cancer patients to pass through the various phases of medical care. “Many people consider us an additional level of support, they listen to what the doctors tell them, and then they call us to ask questions.”
Hundreds of women come to our HC Marbella Fertility Center every year, either because they can not conceive due to fertility problems or due to other personal circumstances that prevent them from becoming pregnant. During the treatment, which can last several months, the nursing professionals have to get involved until the end to give a personalized treatment to the patients and accompany them in good times as well as bad ones.
The nurse plays a decisive role in the reproduction process, coordinating patient care by different professionals and to the extent that she is the main responsible for the management of patients’ medical records.
“The role that nurses have in this type of treatment is divided into three key areas: the level of care, management and education of patients. As for the first one, we carry out, above all, a work of accompaniment. Many times couples come who can carry trying to have a child years without getting it and we have to do emotional support, “says Andrea Valverde, HC Fertility nursing assistant, who notes that” in many cases, you explain something to patients in the morning and because they have so much information in their heads, they need to repeat it again in the afternoon. ”
“As managers – explains Fiona Foddai, Patient Coordinator at HC Fertility – we are in charge of being aware that all consents are signed, of having all the resources, of requesting the semen in advance in case it is an insemination”. In addition, the nurse emphasizes that “at the educational level, it is essential to explain the medication, about which they often had not heard at all, and we try that they eat healthy and exercise to try to relieve their stress.”
“After all the consultations we made, we became his reference persons and even if it goes wrong we always try to be there with them”.
May 12, 2020
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