As chronic illness patients, we spend a lot of time with medical professionals and support staff. We know the impact these care providers can have in our vulnerable moments. No act of kindness goes unnoticed.
This week is Nurses’ Professional Development Week! For nurses, like any other supporting role, it can be tough to know what is best for complex patients. After chatting with some Friends in the Fight, here are some tips for nurses hoping to make a positive impact:
1. Accept the whole person
As patients, we have to be vulnerable with so much of our selves — not just our symptoms! Our intersectional identities will be part of our medical care. Too many patients end up feeling marginalized by medical professionals for their race, gender identity, body shape, socioeconomic status…
If you want to truly support your patient, show them that you accept them from all angles! Become comfortable with diverse people and consider attending trainings on topics like cultural competency and implicit bias.