What are some personality traits needed to be a great nurse? - page 2

by KayyyT

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I'm not a nurse yet but based on what I've been told I would say one would have to have pretty tough skin. My mom's been a nurse since I was born and she's the toughest person I know.... Read More


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    Being a team player who is willing to accept give and take. Medicine is moving more towards a system of checks and balances. It's important for nursing to change with it and move towards more of an open field where we are all working towards the same goals. Seasoned nurses can sometimes mistake this as a front on their nursing skills and knowledge when really we are all trying to accomplish the same thing; quality patient care. Being tough is important but being compassionate to your patients and empathetic with your co-workers is just as important. Good luck! Nurses rock!
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    the ability to have empathy in moments of extreme stress
    the ability to find humor in sad, scary, or gross things so you can stay sane
    the ability to be confident, standing up for yourself and for your patients even if you are scared
    the ability to self reflect, learn from your mistakes, make a commitment to learning and growth, and evolve as a person and a professional
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    With certain people in certain situations, and where you hold little power of influence, it's the ability to put up with an absolutely enormous amount of crap--and still keep going--all while not becoming like the absurd or insecure crap-disher-outers.
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    Don't take yourself so seriously. Don't sweat the small stuff. Realize that NOBODY, including yourself, is perfect. The ability to rise above your environment. The ability to make the decision to be happy. Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility. And the ability to realize that the only person you will ever be able to control is yourself.
    Last edit by Roseyposey on Jan 24, '13 : Reason: had another thought.
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    I graduated nursing school Dec. 2011, and since I didn't get hired by any hospital i wanted, I had no choice but to accept a school nursing job at the last minute bc I had bills needing to be paid. Needless to say, I have no place to speak for nurses who work in hospitals day in and day out. But from seeing my friend's posts on FB, I know in order to do that, you need to be STRONG. Not just physically (bc you're sometimes lifting 300 lb patients on your own) but mentally. Doctors yell at you, patients yell at you, CNA's yell at you, your own fellow staff yell at you, other departments, ect. The nurse is the one who gets blamed when something goes wrong, and you need to be strong enough to hold your ground. Take responsibility. The day comes when you make that med error (trust me, it happens to every nurse) you need to be STRONG. On those days you went in at 6:30am and don't leave until 10pm, your body needs to be STRONG, and your mind STRONG. Nurses have a strength no other professional in the hospital can measure up to. Our minds and bodies take the toll.
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    You also have to be a little bipolar. You may have one patient who is actively dying and another patient how is about to be discharged after overcoming many health issues. For one patient you'll have to empathize with the greiving family, and usher the patient into deaths doors, for the other patient: you'll have to be his biggest fan and cheerleader and be overly excited for his success.

    Must be able to modulate these emotions and do it very well. Patients don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

    Have to be an actress. Even though you may feel like crap and rather be home doing anything else then to be at work, you cannot show this on your face. You need to pull up your big pants, put a smile on your face, and sell your customer service.

    In nursing you have to be SELFLESS. It is not all about us.
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    If you did your best and you didn't get everything completed, let it go. Don't beat yourself up.

    Never think you know everything. You never will. The day that you think you do is the day you have become dangerous.

    Never, ever show doubt in front of the pt. You can be panicked inside, but keep it calm on the outside. Nurses that use their inside head with their outside voice..OMG...drives me nuts! Don't say OMG, Wow, Oops, I have no clue, hear goes nothing, etc.. in front of the pt.
    Nobody wants to be your science experience!
    Last edit by tokmom on Jan 26, '13
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    Integrity is #1 to me. Know your own limits, be able to admit your faults. Reveal your shortcomings and do something to compensate. Maintaining integrity is hard sometimes, but it is the base of the profession to me. If you are honest and work hard, that too is wrapped up with integrity.
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    Quote from NurseGuyBri
    Integrity is #1 to me. Know your own limits, be able to admit your faults. Reveal your shortcomings and do something to compensate. Maintaining integrity is hard sometimes, but it is the base of the profession to me. If you are honest and work hard, that too is wrapped up with integrity.
    ^^^Agree 1,000,000%!!!

    Integrity GIVES you that "tough skin." What you will do and what you will DO (noticed I said what you won't do )...
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    Quote from LadyFree28
    ^^^Agree 1,000,000%!!!

    Integrity GIVES you that "tough skin." What you will do and what you will DO (noticed I said what you won't do )...
    Very true


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