How to Improve Your Bedside Manner in 3 Easy Steps

Bedside manner!

Something we discuss and practice in nursing school.

Yet, something I am not so sure we all have time for given the fast-paced nature of healthcare. And before you come through the computer, giving me heck for the title of this post, take a second to read through the content. Maybe you know a colleague that could use these tips… just saying.

And yes. Let’s talk about it right up front. We do not always have time to linger in the patient’s room, holding their hand and talking to them at great length. I hear many experienced nurses reminisce about the “good old days” when giving a patient a bed bath was something there was time for. I realize that staffing numbers are short, benchmarks need to be met, and advances in computerized charting leave us feeling distanced from the patient.

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