I am about to start nursing school next semester and Im a little worried.
I've heard nurses have GREAT communication skills and just LOVE to be around people.
ok so here is my story:
I work at a retail store as a sales associate and I do NOT like my job, Im not very good at "small talk" i am NOT great at upselling or selling plans/warranties on our products.
I also work as a pca at a retirement home and i LOVE my job. I love helping people i love listening to the residents tell stories about when they were younger, i just love making a difference in their lives, i love knowing that i am needed to make their lives much easier.
will I have alot of trouble as a nurse if my communication skills arent great?
...i want to work as an RN at a hostpital, i know i will have to comfort people during hard times, and i want to work on that i really do
"i love listening to the residents tell stories about when they were younger, i just love making a difference in their lives, i love knowing that i am needed to make their lives much easier."
The ability to listen well is a skill most of us have to put forth a good deal of effort to acquire. If you have this as a natural gift you will be very well suited to be a nurse in whatever area you wish. It is a critical yet often overlooked assessment tool, and it is fundamental to effective communication in any context. It shows that you give a damn. Also, yammering just to hear your head rattle, especially when trying to sell people crap they don't need, is abhorrent. To paraphrase Mark Twain, "No one ever learned a damn thing while they were running their mouth."
RN1981 said it best, "you'll be FINE. Nursing isn't about selling anything to people. It's about CARING. If you can do that, you'll be a fine nurse." :spin:
Last edit by Dogstar on Dec 31, '09