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Nurses should be attentive to their patients.

Is it correct to understand the above as "Nurses should pay attention to their patients?" Thanks.
  • johnp

    Senior Member
    When I hear attentive, I think of being observant to the needs of their patients. It might also mean, considerate, courteous and devoted, taking good care of all their needs. When I hear paying attention to their patients, I think of more of listening carefully to what their patients tell them, otherwise the nurses may not treat the patients according to what they need and, therefore, may not treat them properly. For example, maybe the patient complains of abdominal pains and the nurse gives the patient cough medicine.
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