Quote from Natalieboo
I'm looking into a nursing career, and it really seems to be something I want to do, but I'm afraid I may not have the personality for it. I'm usually very comfortable talking to people, but there are some people that intimidate me and it really affects how I speak to them.
Do you think perhaps during nursing school you can become a "people person" or do you have to be born one? What are your thoughts?
I was voted "most shy" in high school, and have struggled with public speaking throughout my life. I was always OK with one-on-one conversations, but intimidated with speaking to groups, interviews, and superiors. I've even been diagnosed with "social phobia" (in college).
The actual job of nursing has made me MUCH more assertive and easy going with people. I've found that as I learn more about my job, I WANT to teach clients/families about their health (ie. entails speaking to GROUPS when there are several family members in the room). This field has actually increased my self-confidence tremendously. It happened more so on the job than in school.
My introverted fears almost kept me from applying to nursing school. Now I know that it's the best decision I ever made. I have grown so much as a person. Don't worry, there is plenty of room and need in this field for quiet yet compassionate introverted, reflective types! Many times patients just need a presence, someone to be there, listen, show compassion, and do things for them. Being "out-going" is not a necessary quality for a nurse.