The Patient-Oriented Bedside Terminal
Nurses have been patients’ advocates for decades. Nurses act as patients’ representatives to hospital administration and ties to the health care team. Presently, nurses function as patients’ communication link with the bedside terminal. Nurses also fulfill many other roles. Nurses are educators who assess patients’ needs for information about their diseases and supply necessary information. Nurses also provide direct care to patients. Patients generally choose to share their fears and anxieties with nurse members of the health care team.
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