Who cares for nurses?

Quien cuida de las enfermeras

You are probably a nurse and your performance in this profession is extremely good, we have no doubt about it. You know what to do in case of an emergency, how to treat a patient that can be complicated, and know the ways to prevent risks inside your work.

However, it is likely that many times you have asked yourself who cares for you when it comes to risks, of any kind, inside your work and outside of it.

This question can be the same for many other professions: who cares for a doctor, a policeman or a fireman when they are the ones who look after the population?

Initially, you should know that the profession of nursing in Mexico has evolved steadily. Nowadays it is one of the professions that more recognition has on the part of the population.

The approval of this race is of 33.9% of the citizenship, only after the one of fireman, that has a 49.5%, according to data of the survey on the public perception of science and technology of 2013.

Almost a century of its establishment as a profession , in our country for every 100 people with this occupation, 43 are professionals, 31 are technicians and 26 are auxiliary nurses or paramedics.

The average number of nurses per thousand inhabitants is 3.9 nurses, although the OECD recommends that they be at least six. In addition, you should know that 85 out of 100, are women who are dedicated to this work.

So, what happens when a problem occurs that is related to your profession? It is not strange that there are patients who may have some conflicts or that the lack of materials becomes one of the great difficulties in carrying out your work.

In Mexico, at least in the public sector, will be the Health Institutions, which are responsible for promoting your work, professional, and personal care.

It does not matter if you are a nurse affiliated with the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) or the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) in your care both institutions constantly focus their efforts for your well-being.

In both institutes it is indicated that, to procure your growth, you can apply to increase your studies or, to carry out some specialty.

Likewise, working in the sector can pose a risk, because when you are in contact with patients who are going through a contagious disease, you must prevent.

For this, the institutions in which you work must provide you with the different guidelines for risk prevention. Many of these have materials such as recommendations for outbreaks of diseases such as cholera, containment of influenza virus AH1N1, prevention of injuries by sharp objects, and recommendations on what to do with the dengue virus.

In this same sense, your institute and place of work must provide you with the necessary tools to carry out your work successfully.

Think that in a good job you always learn something new, and with it, you can go to the materials that are provided in the work so that you find out how to help a patient and that this help is beneficial and not harmful.

Likewise, it is ideal that the medical institution for which you work, provide you with notices of the job market in other hospitals or institutions in order that your life project does not remain stagnant, as you know it is one of your rights to continue with your professionalization and Knowing that the institution for which you work gives you the opportunity to find a new workplace, that is also a form of care.

  As we know, it is not easy to complete the studies because sometimes the healing materials and instruments necessary to learn can have a high cost.

The institution for which you work once certified as a nurse, must provide you with all the work materials whenever your obligation, will be to make a rational use of them. As you well know, your work as a nurse is as important as that of doctors and administrative staff of the institution for which you work.

And for that reason, you have the right to receive the medical care you consider necessary. We know that self-care is extremely important to you, and we’ll talk about it later. However, there can always be an emergency, so your colleagues can help you.

Recently, the news of Aurelia, a nurse who was saved by the ISSSTE, was released after having experienced the symptoms of a disease known as Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) associated with Chronic Pulmonary Thromboembolism (PCT), which is cataloged. as a rare disease.

Aurelia has recovered her life, which shows that, at any moment, medical colleagues and other nurses can be your support in any situation or eventuality in your health.

In this same way, health care is related to financial care. To good finances, a good quality of life and good physical and emotional health.

As a nurse, it is difficult to maintain the pace of work because patient care can be very demanding, it is a job in which it seems to be, there is no rest.

In case of any eventuality, going to a financial or credit institution can be a good decision, with this also the care of the nurses is being looked for before any eventuality.

And this brings us to the most important thing. Perhaps when it comes to a profession such as nursing, self-care is the most important. It is true that the quality of life is established when we play sports, we take a good diet and we manage to reconcile our work with spending time with the family.

When you procure yourself self-care, you have the opportunity to improve your work and to advance with the projects you have set.

Is it a specialization? Spend more time with the family? Acquire a heritage? Never stop making use of the rights that your profession gives you, stay in compliance with your obligations and always enjoy your work.