Understanding what nurses do in the hospital

Nurses are the backbone of the hospital. They are rigorously educated and trained professionals who work in every department—from the Emergency Room to the surgical suites. Nurses provide a full spectrum of services for patients, ranging from patient assessments to education to discharge coordination. Los Robles Regional Medical Center would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our dedicated nursing staff.

Patient assessments
Nurses are some of the busiest people in the hospital. They’re always on their feet, moving from patient to patient. But while they’re with any given patient, nurses put their full focus on that individual.

Nurses are often responsible for assessing patients. They can do physical exams, take health histories and communicate with patients to get detailed information about the nature of their medical complaint.

Patients who are hospitalized require periodic, ongoing assessments. Nurses who work with the inpatient population will make scheduled rounds. During each patient visit, the nurse will chart the patient’s vital signs, make a note of any abnormalities and perhaps adjust medications if necessary.

Patient care
A great deal of the care patients receive in the hospital is provided by the nursing staff.

During a typical day, a hospitalized patient might need assistance getting out of bed or repositioned in bed. He or she may need toileting assistance, feeding assistance and linen changes. Nurses also provide wound care, administer medications and follow through on any doctor-ordered changes to the patient’s treatment plan.

Patient counseling and education
Nursing is arguably as much of an art as it is a science. The profession draws genuinely caring individuals who know how to connect with people. Part of a nurse’s typical day is devoted to counseling and educating patients about the following issues:

  • What the diagnosis means
  • What the treatment options are
  • The benefits and risks of the treatment options
  • What the medications do and how they are taken
  • How to provide self-care at home

Nurses also routinely update family members about patients who are critically ill or recovering from surgery. They offer a shoulder to lean on when families are dealing with very difficult situations.

Each nurse at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks is a highly compassionate individual who works tirelessly to support our patients’ health. We invite you to explore our Nursing Recognition Program , which allows patients to nominate an extraordinary nurse who went above and beyond the call of duty. If you’d like to speak with a friendly member of our nursing staff, you can call (877) 888-5746.

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