13 JANUARY
2017

Skills & Traits Making You an Adept Nurse

As a famous proverb says, "ailing to plan is planning to fail," similarly, it is always good to prepare ahead before getting into your professional career. If you are a nursing student, you may be concerned about your career and prospects. You might be curious to know what skills and traits will help you become a skilled nurse. That's why I have come up with the brief description of some skills and personal qualities you need if you are expecting a prosperous nursing career:

Compassionate Attitude

A nurse must ask patient concerns with kindness, provide information that ensures trust and reliability, demonstrate a personal interest in the service, and develop feelings of acceptance and a harmonious relationship since nursing is all about providing patient care.  Consequently, he or she must have a compassionate attitude towards her patients while healing their wounds.

Detail-oriented

When it comes to giving medication and administering care, details matter. Nurses need to serve each patient as per his or her condition, deliver the required dosage of the proper medication timely and present detailed information regarding their illnesses and treatment to patients and their families. Moreover, doctors and patients rely on nurses who are careful and focused. Furthermore, the best nurses are diligent and meticulous, paying due attention to the smallest details since they know just how necessary those are.

Highly comfortable when working with a human body

Registered nurses assist patients with cleaning, bathing, grooming, using catheters/bedpans, and other personal hygiene tasks. Moreover, they are exposed to injuries, infections, and other medical conditions. They must be in their professional get-up, such as scrub uniform, all the time during their job performance, since such clothing is designed to ensure patient and personal safety.

Ability to work at a fast pace under an unpredictable work schedule Nurses often perform 12 hours (or more) a day, serving 3 days a week. Moreover, the job shift often rotates on a weekly basis. Therefore, be prepared to work on weekends, nights, and holidays. In emergency situations, you need to make quick decisions, while keeping you cool is vital.

Self-confidence when it comes to safeguarding others' health

Healthcare profession is so sensitive that overlooking a patient's needs can lead to a tragedy, and a nurse would be responsible for the cause if he or she is discovered to have been negligent. Therefore, a nurse must be confident that develops through knowledge and practice. Strong interpersonal skills, critical thinking, understanding disease management protocols, patient assessment expertise, and development of care plans boosts self-confidence in your nursing duties.

Interpersonal Communication

Nurses must possess strong interpersonal skills to be able to discuss health conditions with patients and their families in a clear, concise and comprehensible manner. In some cases, e.g. terminal diagnosis, the health practitioner must be able to provide bad news empathetically and respectfully without contradicting medical facts and figures. In a recent research published in NCBI on Communication in Nursing Practice, "There is a need for dialogue and a good interpersonal climate that develops personally with each sick person, especially in our modern multicultural society."

Don't worry if you are not born with all above mentioned traits and lack the required skills. Because with practice and determination you can learn and master them. What you need is just to be resolute and steadfast with your will to be a successful nursing professional. With you best in your career path!

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