How nurses make a difference and influence outcome has been the subject of much debate over many years and is perhaps more relevant now due to health care funding being a scarce commodity. Nurses need justification and validation of what they do. Nursing therapeutics is a relatively new term that can help nurses and others to appreciate the multifariousness, complexity and value of what we do. It encapsulates the means by which a nurse delivers care that is both evidence-based and beneficial to their patients. This paper will spotlight how nurses can utilise common nursing interventions to ensure that the full impact of their skills is embedded into their care using the administration of vapocoolants as the focus. It will be illustrated that through each patient contact a nurse can establish therapeutic principles which can positively influence health outcomes.
- Nurse–patient relationship ■ Pain ■ Vapocoolants ■ Care ■ Compassion ■ Paediatric nursing
- Paediatric nursing