Assertiveness, Important or not?

  1. 0 I'm a second year nursing student and was wondering if assertiveness is an important part of "your" nursing practice? And if so, how? This question is part of a presentation that I'm doing on assertive behavor.
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  3. Visit  RUNS10} profile page

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  4. Visit  ceecel.dee} profile page
    I think of this in terms of getting your patient what they need to be comfortable or to feel that their care is complete, including explaination, education, comfort, and follow-up.
    It can also play a part in fair scheduling.
  5. Visit  joprasklpn} profile page
    I think it is important because sometimes it can help get things done faster. I'm not saying to be rude or anything, but you can't be a good supervisor if you treat everyone like a friend. I've seen alot of nurses get walked over because they don't want to step on toes, but we are ultimately there to do a job.
  6. Visit  leslie :-D} profile page
    without assertiveness, some...

    - families will own you; you'll be at their every beck and call.
    - pts will disown you; for failing to challenge the frequent inadequacies r/t their care.
    - md's will eat you up. even God doesn't do that.
    - and your coworkers will spit you out. just because.

    to survive and thrive in nsg today, assertiveness is the self-confidence that will enable you to strut your stuff to, and for, others.
    others may argue one needs a bsn, or sev'l yrs experience.
    both of the aforementioned are useless, w/o a backbone and a healthy dose of self-respect.

    only the best to you.

    Cheri234, JohnnysGirl, and donsterRN like this.
  7. Visit  steelcityrn} profile page
    i agree...very very important.
  8. Visit  MzMouse} profile page
    It is important. You have to be able to stand up for yourself and your patients.
  9. Visit  ebear} profile page
    Can't be a "wuss" in this profession.
  10. Visit  VivaRN} profile page
    Being assertive is being able to talk honestly about how you feel in a respectful, straightforward way.

    Not passive, not aggressive.

    I use it in my practice to get the best care for my patients and the best working environment for myself.

    Specifically: when a co-worker thinks she can bully me into doing something I know is wrong (I don't think so.). Or when a patient is using disrespectful language. Or when a family has unrealistic expectations of care. Or when a tech is not getting BG's on my patients. Or when a physician doesn't believe my patient's pain.

    Assertiveness is key to thriving in nursing. It should be taught in nursing school.
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  11. Visit  purple1953reading} profile page
    I am very assertive , but am also very respectful, of people's feelings, space, etc. I have always worked as a supervisor, and it comes with the territory. As said previously, to not be mildly assertive lets everyone else take advantage of your good nature, inability to say no, etc. I rarely raise my voice, but have been told the look in my eyes says it all. I can only remember once in the past 5 years, I was aggravated enough to raise my voice, (as aggravation comes with the territory) and I had listened to the same old sob story by the same aide, who worked herself to death to pay for and feed a 100 year old horse she had had as a child, and a worthless drug addicted, alcoholic, non working 38 year old son, who never said THANKS MOM< and all I had to say was " C..... THAT IS ENOUGH!" Earn your respect and you will have no problem.
  12. Visit  bubblymom373} profile page
    It is very important. In alot of cases you are the patient's voice( at least in LTC) . Some of those people can't speak for themselves so you need to. It is needed to ensure proper care is given both physcally and medically.
  13. Visit  rn undisclosed name} profile page
    You definitely need it or else you will get walked on. I have not always been real assertive and sometimes I am still a wuss because I'm one of those people who doesn't want to hurt someone elses feelings but I am slowly realizing that it is not worth it and am learning to stand up for myself more and more. Prevents me from working short staffed. But I have developed an attitude of what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong and I will call someone on the carpet for it.
  14. Visit  RNperdiem} profile page
    "Use your mom voice when you need him do do something" I was once told in report. The mom voice is the voice of command. Any military folk or parents will know what I am talking about.
    This combined with excellent manners(I live in the south after all), and patient advocacy will take you far.
    Assertive comes naturally to some, and is a hard-learned skill in others.
  15. Visit  NREMT-P/RN} profile page

    My (and my partners) LIFE sometimes depends on it.

    My patients LIFE often depends on it.

    Important? You bet!

    Practice SAFE!

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