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Infirmiers d’hôpital

Infirmiers d'hôpital - Les infirmiers d'hôpital exercent leur métier dans quatre établissements des Territoires du Nord-Ouest : l'Hôpital régional d'Inuvik, , situé à Hay River, et , à Yellowknife.

Les infirmiers d’hôpital élaborent des programmes de soins, évaluent et enregistrent la condition et les progrès des patients, font des traitements, planifient les autorisations de sortie et offrent de la formation et des conseils aux patients. Les infirmiers qui travaillent dans le domaine de l’administration hospitalière doivent gérer les budgets, distribuer les tâches et les quarts de travail, veiller au maintien de la qualité et coordonner les services de soins infirmiers avec les autres services.

Hospital nurses provide care to, and support the recovery of, patients suffering from acute and long-term illnesses and diseases or those requiring surgery. They focus on the needs of the patient rather than the illness or condition. They also promote good health and wellbeing through education. Nurses plan and carry out care within a multidisciplinary team but are the main point of contact for patients.

Typical Work Activities

Gaining the trust and confidence of each patient is an important role for nurses, as they have more continuity of patient care than other members of the medical team.

Patients may have chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart/kidney problems, or serious acute conditions, such as heart failure, stroke, hepatitis or burns. They may be in hospital for surgery, admitted to accident and emergency with injuries, attending an outpatient clinic or undergoing tests and assessments.

Patient care is currently becoming more community- based, so there are increasing opportunities to work in the community. The aim is to avoid hospital admissions whenever possible by giving preventative treatment, and also to meet patients' needs in the comfort of their own home and avoid the unnecessary travel associated with hospital appointments. It is possible for a newly qualified nurse to work in the community, although many gain a year's hospital experience first.

In all contexts, nurses need to establish a good relationship with the patient and their relatives.

Day-to-day pressures and duties will depend on your role, but typical work activities can include:

  • Writing patient care plans.
  • Implementing plans through tasks such as preparing patients for operations, wound treatment and monitoring pulse, blood pressure and temperature.
  • Observing and recording the condition of patients.
  • Checking and administering drugs and injections.
  • Setting up drips and blood transfusions.
  • Assisting with tests and evaluations.
  • Carrying out routine investigations.
  • Responding quickly to emergencies.
  • Planning discharges from hospital and liaising with community nurses, GPs and social workers.
  • Communicating with and relieving the anxiety of patients and their relatives.
  • Advocating on behalf of patients.
  • Educating patients about their health.
  • Organizing staff and prioritizing busy workloads.
  • Mentoring student and junior nurses.
  • Maintaining patient records.
  • Making ethical decisions related to consent and confidentiality.