what is a special quality of a nurse that people look up with?

  1. Just A Survey!!!!!! because people really like nurses whom they can depend on especially in times of pain they suffer. what's really in the nursing profession that makes us nurses really of value in our society?
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  3. by   care bear
    It seems strange that nurses usually rate extremely favourably in surveys of which professions/professionals are the most trustworthy etc. We care for anyone & everyone regardless. We care for them at the beginning of life (& even before birth), at the end of their lives and everywhere inbetween.

    However nursing (& medical) professionals have some of the highest drug & alcohol related problems of all the professions. This is something that Im sure the general public are not aware of.

    Just a thought.......
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    In my experience, what pts value most in a nurse is a nurse who actually listens to what they are saying, looks them in the eye when they are speaking, and validates them. You can make at pt feel validated through use of therapeutic communication, which includes active listening, and through touch. I find a lot ot pts really respond positively to this.

    What makes us of value to society (IMO) is that they know we can't be in it for the glamour or the big bucks, so we must be in it because we care!
  5. by   menaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    hi
    the point that which i think it very important to be a good nurse is to be knowaldgable & with skills.In this way the patients will trust you and respect u.
    in realty, it is nice of the nurse if she do her job without dependeing on the doctors or other nurses who she think that they are good than her, i mean it is ok if she asks to make sure but not to be depenent nurse or waiting the patient or doctor to tell her what to do .

    thank u
  6. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from menaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    hi
    the point that which i think it very important to be a good nurse is to be knowaldgable & with skills.In this way the patients will trust you and respect u.
    in realty, it is nice of the nurse if she do her job without dependeing on the doctors or other nurses who she think that they are good than her, i mean it is ok if she asks to make sure but not to be depenent nurse or waiting the patient or doctor to tell her what to do .

    thank u
    After more than a quarter century of nursing experience, I can tell you that the general public doesn't know whether you have a good knowlege base or how skillful you are. Patients will NOT trust and respect you based on either of those two things. What patients look for is the "Nice Nurse," nevermind how little they know or how poor their skills, work ethic or values are.

    Your colleagues will respect a good knowlege base, skills and a good work ethic, but they'll respect you more if they LIKE you. If I've learned anything the hard way, I've learned that it's more important to be nice than to be right. And slow learner that I am, I'm still having difficulty with that concept. Seems to me that you shouldn't shock artifact because it's harmful to the patient whether or not you LIKE the nurse who is pointing out to you that VF doesn't have that nice, regular and normal art line wave form with it. And that preventing you from shocking said artifact and damaging the patient should be more important to you than "Ruby YELLED at me!" when you didn't listen the first few times I said it nicely. Unfortunately, that's not always the case.

    In short, NICENESS counts more than anything else. You can get by for years without knowlege or skills if you're lucky and people like you enough. I've known plenty of nurses who have. People explain away, excuse or cover up their mistakes. But if they don't like you at all, patients and co-workers will complain about you constantly regardless of how knowlegeable or skillful you are. Your working life will be miserable, and you may find yourself looking for a job when you thought you were doing well at work.
  7. by   Tweety
    Compassion.
  8. by   nursebedlam
    Compassion and empathy

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