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5 Reasons Why Doctors and Patients Need Nurses

Here are five reasons why clinics and hospitals would not survive without the support and help of nurses.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD
4-minute read
Episode #197

3. They are our voices

They are the link to your families and loved ones. They are the ones who communicate with your families, both in the hospital and in the clinic, and who keep them updated with your condition and reassure them when they cannot be there.

4. They are our hearts 

They calm you down when you are anxious. They hold your hand when you are sad. They keep you comfortable in the most stressful of times. Your loved ones and doctors feel safe to leave a patient during his or her stay because they trust the nurses to hold down the fort in their absence. They help deliver your babies.  They assist your surgeon in the operating room. They often deal with life or death situations. They choose this heroic career not for recognition, but because of their compassion for others.

5.  They are our knowledge

 They provide patient education. They teach a patient how to use a glucose monitor and how to eat as a diabetic. They translate the doctor’s often complex medical jargon into laymen's terms. They make certain a patient goes to the lab when he or she is supposed to get that x-ray. They make sure a patient takes his or her medication the right way.

Did you know that nurses also practice medicine as Nurse Practitioners (NPs)?  Yes, NPs receive extended training and are invaluable to many medical organizations, and their importance has only grown over time.  When you cannot see your doctor right away, you may end of seeing your doctor’s NP.  

So as you can see, these scrubs are not costumes, and stethoscopes are not props. These are hard-working, selfless soldiers who fight for your health on the frontline every day.  Next time you are at the doctor's office, be sure to tell the nurses there how much you appreciate what they do, and watch them smile with sincerity and compassion.

This list does not even come nearly close to complete. If you are a nurse, please give a shout-out and add to this list what you personally accomplish on a day-to-day basis in the comments below. 

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only.  This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider.  Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

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Medical Disclaimer
Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.