Adult nurses plan and provide nursing care to adults suffering from a wide variety of medical conditions and illnesses, supporting their treatment, recovery and well-being. hey support recovery by using care plans, carrying out care procedures and assessments, and evaluating and focusing on the needs of the patient rather than the illness or condition.
A career as an adult nurse will suit you if you have a caring, practical nature and enjoy improving the quality of life of others around you.
- assessing and planning nursing care requirements
- writing care plans and records
- gain the trust and confidence of each patient
- providing pre and post operation care
- monitoring a patient’s condition
- carrying out routine investigations and care procedures, such as administering medication, injections and intravenous infusions, and taking patient samples, pulses, temperatures and blood pressures
- make ethical decisions related to consent and confidentiality.
- dealing with emergencies
- supervising junior staff
- organizing workloads
- tutoring student nurses and junior nurses
- maintain patient records
- providing advice and promoting good health
- providing information, emotional support and reassurance to patients and relatives
Employers of Adult Nurses
- Residential homes
- Health centres
- Private companies
- Day centres
To work as a Nurse in Lesotho, you need a Diploma in Nursing and registration with the appropriate regulation council in Lesotho, particularly Lesotho Nursing Council. Work experience working in the Nursing Education Institution or Clinical Area may help.
Good interpersonal skills are vital for nurses, who have to communicate with numerous other medical and care professionals as well as being a key source of information and emotional support for patients. Other valuable attributes are:
- the ability to communicate with and gain the trust of people from a range of backgrounds
- empathy and sensitivity to patients’ needs and concerns
- observation skills
- willingness to be flexible
- teamwork skills
- an ability to deal with ’emotionally charged’ situations
- organizational skills
- good organizational and managerial skills, particularly as your career progresses.
- attention to detail
- good health and fitness
- good hygiene
- the ability to deal with a variety of patients at one time