The Next Shift is a new series of stories written by experienced RNs to provide advice that can help guide the next generation of nurses. The series is presented by The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.
You are your patients advocate and friend. They will tell you things that they wouldnt tell their physicians or family members because they know you will comfort them, even if that means simply holding their hand and listening. Their trust in your compassion and skill in promoting physical and spiritual healing will amaze you.
Reward their trust with honesty and integrity, and most of all compassion. These are the outstanding qualities that I hear about over and over again from others when they explain how they view nurses and why nursing is such a trusted profession. They know you have their best interests at heart and want the best outcomes for them always. The caring you provide will be rewarded many times over in your career by heartfelt gratitude and respect. This is the greatest, truest gift anyone could offer.