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.
In honor of all the hard work that nurses do, many of America’s favorite brands are showing their appreciation with special nursing discounts and freebies. Scroll through our list to see what deals you can nab for yourself or others.
Through the end of the year, all verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses, military members and teachers can enjoy an exclusive 30% discount on adidas.com. Professional verification is required via ID.me.
Medical professionals and first responders get 40% off any full-priced product. You must first create an Asics account using your professional email.
Carhartt is proud to offer verified members of the military, first responders and the nursing community a 25% discount on apparel and accessories. Professional verification is required via ID.me.
For Nurses and Nursing Students
Nursing professionals are always on the go, attending to patient needs and making sure that everything is properly documented. Additionally, nurses must be quick on their feet, able to recall and apply vast amounts of medical knowledge throughout the day. While a good memory is essential to success, the advent of mobile applications has made it easier for nurses and nursing students to quickly access the information they need. The following nursing apps are among the best the marketplace has to offer. Take a look and let us know what your favorite nursing app is in the comments below.
App Name: Drugs.com Medication Guide
Availability: iOS and Android
What It Offers: The Drugs.com Medical Guide app is one of the best nursing apps available in the marketplace. It provides a quick and easy way for nurses and nursing students to access a comprehensive database of drug information. Complete with in-depth consumer information, FDA alerts and drug interactions (plus food, allergy and medical condition interactions), this app offers all the functionality that a clinician could want in a drug reference tool. A one-time purchase of $0.99 provides access to a companion app (Pill Identifier App) that allows for searches of over 14,000 prescription and OTC medications based on imprint, drug name, color and shape.
Within the healthcare industry, there is a growing demand for nurses that are qualified to work in long-term acute care (LTAC) settings. However, misconceptions about LTAC patients and the work environment prevents many nurses from pursuing these career advancing positions. Continue reading to find out more about LTAC facilities and why a job there might be the right career choice for you.
What is a long-term acute care facility?
A long-term acute care facility is specifically designed for patients with complex medical conditions that require the ongoing support of an interdisciplinary team. While patients in a LTAC unit no longer need extensive diagnostic procedures or the level of care available in an intensive care unit (ICU), the severity of their condition(s) makes them inappropriate for a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing facility or home healthcare service.
25 Nursing Memes Guaranteed to Make You LOL
Being a nurse can be tough. That’s why we invite you to sit down, relax and enjoy a chuckle over these funny nursing memes. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
1. I got 99 problems but comfortable shoes ain’t one
Does the idea of night shift nursing send shivers down your spine?
Have you passed on career advancing opportunities because the position was on the night shift?
Do you ever wonder how your night shift colleagues achieve a work-life balance?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re not alone. For most nurses, the idea of working the night shift automatically conjures images of sleep deprived clinicians racing to answer a never-ending series of call lights. While it’s undeniable that night shift nursing has its own unique challenges, the truth is that none of these factors are insurmountable.
Come along with us as we explore seven night shift nursing pro tips that can help make nursing after dark a rewarding experience. Continue reading
Interview with Jennifer Neer
Within the social work field, there are many different sub-specialists that are committed to working with a specific demographic or issue. Jennifer Neer, licensed social worker at Winnebago Mental Health Institute, is a prime example of one of these specialists. In her work as a psychiatric social worker, Jennifer plays a critical role in the patient’s journey to continued wellness. She secures resources and additional treatment that will help the patient succeed in post-treatment life.
Keep reading to find out more about Jennifer’s story and this fascinating field of work.
1. What initially attracted you to a career as a social worker?
I would have to say that I came to the conclusion that a career in social work was right for me after I had a progression of jobs working with people. Before I got my social work license, I had the opportunity to work with autistic children in my school district and with survivors of domestic violence. It was from these experiences that I realized I had a passion for working with people. However, I didn’t immediately make a career transition after having these jobs. Around 2012, I was working in the insurance industry and there was a reduction in force at my company. I was left without at job. At the same time, there were personal circumstances that led me to reevaluate my life. It was then that I decided I wanted to purse a license in social work. Continue reading
Interview with Chris McMahon, RN, BSN
Misguided assumptions about the correctional healthcare environment prevents many clinicians from pursuing the job opportunities that are there. While not the right work environment for every clinician, the correctional healthcare setting can provide a rich and rewarding career for those nurses that are willing to put their preconceived notions to the test. To help combat some of the natural biases that surround the correctional healthcare vocation, we interviewed Chris McMahon, RN, BSN. As an experienced correctional nurse, Chris provides insight into what a typical day looks like in correctional healthcare, the type of care that correctional nurses are generally responsible for and what it takes to succeed in this non-traditional healthcare field.
1. What initially attracted you to a career in nursing?
While I was pursuing my bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, I knew that I wanted to end up in a career where I would have the opportunity to help and care for other people. At the time, I didn’t know that nursing would be the place where I would land. As I was trying to decide on a major that was right for me, I took a very general class about nursing. From there, I was hooked. I had so many amazing teachers along the way that encouraged me. Their enthusiasm for the profession was contagious. I’ve never regretted my choice to become a nurse.
How to Set Yourself Apart
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Travel nursing is one of the most competitive niches within the healthcare industry. Within a matter of hours (sometimes even minutes), a new travel contract is posted, filled and then closed. Blink and you’ll miss the opportunity. So, how can nurses make themselves a top contender for these highly coveted travel contracts? The answer is simple: create a travel nurse resume that conveys the right information in an easily digestible format.
In consultation with Premier Medical Staffing Services’ experienced travel nurse recruiters, we have outlined below a step-by-step process for creating the “perfect” travel nurse resume, one that succinctly captures all the pertinent details. We have also highlighted some “do’s” and “don’ts” to help ensure that your resume ends up on top of the “must contact” pile. As a bonus, you can click here to download our free travel nurse resume template, guaranteed to capture all the information recruiters and hiring managers are looking for.
Regardless of their specialty, nurses encounter a spectrum of patient emotions every day. While their reassuring presence and medical capabilities are welcomed by most, there are times when nurses are called upon to be both healer and mediator. One of the most valuable skills that a nurse can develop is the ability to effectively interact with an angry patient. The following seven tips outlined below, when repeatedly and consistently implemented, can help a nurse defuse potential conflicts with patients.
1. Don’t Take It Personally
Many within the mental health profession consider anger to be a secondary emotion, meaning it is used to protect oneself from other feelings of vulnerability (i.e. humiliation, rejection, sadness, fear, etc.). While it may seem like a patient is lashing out at you personally, the reality is that they are most likely having an emotional response to a situation that does not even involve you. You just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Therefore, the golden rule when dealing with an angry patient is to not take anything they say or do personally. By reminding yourself that the patient’s emotions are misplaced, you can circumvent feelings of being attacked and needing to respond aggressively. Continue reading