What is more important dedication or knowledge
Hardly any other health topic regularly attracts as much attention as the future of care. This is due on the one hand to the increasing need for care due to demographic change and on the other hand to the shortage of skilled workers in the industry. More than good reasons to pay special attention to the subject of care and to take a look behind the scenes.
Two pairs of warm, dark eyes beam at me as I gain access to the intensive care unit. Despite the beeps from monitors, which remind me that life often hangs by a thread here, I feel welcome and in good hands. Station manager Andrea Wolf and sister Ghazal Mado greet me warmly. Today I have the opportunity to gain a direct insight into a job that is unfortunately far too little valued in Germany and yet is so incredibly important - for all of us!
6:00 a.m. When the alarm clock rings for early risers, Sr. Ghazal begins her duty in the intensive care unit. The native Iraqi has lived in Hof for nine years. In her home country she came into contact with the nursing profession through her aunt. However, she experienced very closely what caring means when she looked after her grandmother at home. At that moment, she says, "My heart opened up" and it was completely clear to her that she wanted to help people and accompany them. The first thing on the agenda in early shift is handover. The night's incidents are discussed with the early shift colleagues and the night shift nurse. "There were two newcomers, they are stable," reports the colleague. What diagnostic procedures have been carried out, whether the relatives have been informed and what measures are now required will be clarified. Then the morning session starts with the patients.
6:15 am Sr. Ghazal enters the patient's room with a happy "Good morning" and wakes the people who are dependent on vital technical equipment. She makes the first contact, checks the condition and the vital signs. Blood pressure and pulse are displayed on the monitor and constantly monitored. Are the running times of the drip set optimally, are there changes in the dosage? Each nurse looks after two to three patients. In addition to washing, administering food and shaking the bed, there are a number of important tasks that have to be done all the time. The patient's position in bed is changed every three hours. The risk of pressure ulcers is very high, especially in intensive care patients. A great responsibility rests on every caregiver's shoulders. Ward manager Wolf emphasizes: “We not only accompany the patient, but also the relatives. Above all, you have to recognize how to lead the relatives, because everyone deals differently with the fact of seeing a loved one in a threatening situation. We catch the relatives and try to give them support. ”Calm pain, give courage, give hope - every nurse lives many roles every day - including those of the relationship artist in the mediation between patient, relatives and the doctor.
09:00 a.m. After the rounds and the patient breakfast, the day-to-day nursing business continues for Sr. Ghazal and her colleagues. The doctors' orders must be documented, bandages changed, patients prepared for the upcoming operations, discharge papers compiled and new patients admitted. The mobilization is checked, that is, with the help of a colleague from physiotherapy, a look is taken, if the patient can stand up, sit on the edge of the bed, and breathing works well. In addition, diagnostic trips are now pending in the house. Each nurse always accompanies their patient together with a doctor on the way to the MRI or other diagnostic examinations. "During this time, a colleague monitors her other patients," says Mado. "At this point, team spirit is required and that is also lived on the ward." Andrea Wolf is proud of her "care team". She has been at the Hof Clinic for 38 years and brings a lot of experience with her. She is happy about the healthy mix between young and old. “The young employees are like“ fresh air ”. You bring vigor and we have the experience. ”She finds the exchange very enriching for both sides. "In the intensive care unit there are over 50 percent specialist nurses and she is very proud of that," says Wolf.
11:30 a.m. Before Sr. Ghazal and her colleagues hand out the food and help with food intake if necessary, she beams at me and says. “It is nice to be there for the patients and to experience the day's goal with them - to have come a little further. That gives this job so much meaning and joy. ”In the meantime, new entrances are being established, patients are being transferred to the peripheral wards or to external facilities. Handover and discharge letters have to be written, blood values checked, infusions changed. All steps are well planned. Emergencies are integrated into the process. No two days are the same.
2:45 p.m. Sr. Ghazal's service ends as it began - with the handover to the late service. Then she drops in to see her patient to say goodbye. “It is good to go home with the feeling that the patients are satisfied,” she says, and leaves the ward for today.
In order to cope well with the demanding everyday life, the nursing staff at Sana are offered regular training. Ward manager Wolf emphasizes once again how important all nurses are, but that nursing has such a low priority in Germany, it makes them very sad. "
Reinforcement in the valuable care teams is always welcome. Send your application to: [email protected] You can also find more information at: www.sana-klinikum-hof.de/karriere
Head of Marketing, PR and Corporate Communications
Sana Klinikum Hof GmbH
Eppenreuther Str. 9, 95032 Hof
Tel .: (+49) 0 92 81/98 - 3341
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