Are you a nurse that’s been contemplating a return to school? We recently had the opportunity to interview Nicole Thomas, a Doctorally Prepared Registered Nurse and owner of Nicole Thomas – INC, about her experiences in higher academia. Keep reading to find out what insights she has about pursuing advanced degrees and how she can help you achieve your career goals.
1. Tell us about yourself. What is your education and background within the nursing field?
My name is Nicole Thomas and I am a Doctorally Prepared Registered Nurse with a specialization in healthcare systems leadership. Additionally, I am a Certified Case Manager.
Like so many other nurses, I started my career on the med-surg floor. However, after working 12-hour shifts for two years, I knew that I needed something more flexible, something that would allow me to be more present for my family. That’s when I made the transition to home healthcare. I worked in home healthcare for about three years before I had the opportunity to transition to managed care.
As a nurse in managed care, I learned three important lessons: healthcare is a business; healthcare is heavily influenced by community and politics; and patients need leaders that are going to advocate for their well being and their rights. Armed with this knowledge, I was ready to take on the role as Associate Director for Medical and Clinical Operations when the state of Louisiana decided to privatize their Medicaid system.
Despite their unique medical concerns, all patients have the same basic needs: to be heard, to be respected and to be cared for. One of the most effective ways to meet these needs is to establish and build patient rapport. In this blog post, we’ll explore what patient rapport is and seven tactics that you can employ to help build it.
What is patient rapport?
At its core, patient rapport is the positive relationship or connection that exists between a clinician and a patient. It is a relationship that is characterized by agreement, mutual understanding, trust and empathy between both parties. Clinicians that take the time to build patient rapport are better able to teach and influence their patients, improving the quality of care that is provided and enhancing patient outcomes.
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Because healthcare is a field that requires medical professionals to be present around-the-clock, night shifts probably won’t go away anytime soon. Working the night shift has its advantages, but it may be a struggle to get used to the hours.
Being a part of the healthcare world, on many occasions I find myself thrown into discussions with healthcare professionals or future healthcare professionals in some way, shape, or form. One of my absolute favorite things about my job is the opportunity to work with local colleges and universities to have discussions with healthcare students. These opportunities not only give us a platform for our company branding, but they also give students the chance to learn about travel and per-diem work. They have been surprisingly educational for me as well. Continue reading
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