The Foundation of Nursing Practice: How to Have Time with PatientsI ask a quick question when a nurse subscribes to my newsletter, which is: “What is the one thing that gets in the way of you enjoying your nursing career?” Now the responses come in all over the place… but the number one thing I hear is this:

“I have NO TIME for my patients!”

This answer is all too common. In fact, I heard it so much in 2014, it was what had me start the annual Art of Nursing Nurse’s Week program for nurses. The very first Art of Nursing program was completely focused on how to find time, space, and the energy to connect with our patients- despite all of the technology (think EHR) surrounding us each shift.

And while I DO SEE the benefits to technology in nursing (e.g. safer care, ability to track outcomes, faster services)- many nurses do feel that the science of nursing (all of that charting) has created a disconnect with the patients they serve each day.

So here’s a quick video tip with one fundamental tool that EVERY nurse can use on a daily basis. Get this- it’s easy, fast (takes no extra time at all to do), and free. So watch below for how you can reconnect with the patient (and with the profession of nursing).

What did we miss? I’d love to hear how you increase your ability to have time for connecting with your patients. Leave a tip in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN; Founder of Nursing from WithinAbout the Author: As a keynote speaker, bestselling author and virtual conference host, Elizabeth partners with hospitals, organizations, associations, and nursing groups to help transform the field of nursing from the inside out. During the National Nurse’s Week online conference, ‘The Art of Nursing‘, Elizabeth supports nurses in achieving professional goals of continued learning and development. Click here to find out more about how The Art of Nursing appreciates and celebrates our profession in a meaningful way.

Elizabeth Scala, MSN/MBA, RN

“I’m a Nurse, but I’m Not Sure I LOVE Nursing Anymore! Can You Help Me?”


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