which is important attribute of an effective nurse?

  1. which is the most important attribute of an effective nurse?
    is it ,knowledge of the theory of the nursing profession,skill in using techniques appropriately ,genuineness and openness,ability to specify a treatment plan and evalute the results...just pic one
    and if you can give other idea its ok...
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  3. by   TheCommuter
    The aforementioned attributes all carry major importance, in my opinion.

    A clinically-proficient nurse might seem icy and distant to his/her patients if he/she does not have a warm bedside manner. In other words, the scientific aspects of nursing are just as consequential as the artistic parts.

    Nursing is an art, as well as a science.
  4. by   RNperdiem
    The ability to take care of the patient.
    Knowledge is good. Being able to put that knowledge into direct action for patient care is even better.
  5. by   XB9S
    Quote from jinyi
    which is the most important attribute of an effective nurse?
    is it ,knowledge of the theory of the nursing profession,skill in using techniques appropriately ,genuineness and openness,ability to specify a treatment plan and evalute the results...just pic one
    and if you can give other idea its ok...
    Jen why don't you tell us what you think the most important attrubute of an effective nurse is and maybe you will be able to get a discussion as to why, this will be a far better way for you to learn about nursing and allow you to enter into discussions with your opinions as well
  6. by   Jules A
    If I understand your question it is sort of like the debate I heard all through nursing school as students that were good in clinical but couldn't pass the exams failed out of the program. My thoughts are that as a safe, competent nurse you have to be able to do it all. Being successful in only one area just isn't enough, imo.
  7. by   longjourneydream
    Many people have different opinions of what attributes a nurse must have to be effective. I really do not know what other folks would think, but this is what I belive one must have to survive our tough world of nursing.


    These are just a few of many:

    1. A positive, can do attitude.

    2. Resoucefulness;if you don not know the answer, find out what the answer is and add it to your knowlege base. Always find an expert, and make them your best friends at work.

    3. No matter how bad the day gets, just know the day will come to an end, and a new and better one will be just around the corner.

    4. Do not look at difficult patients as "problems" look at them as challenges to overcome. Do your best to help them, not complain about them.

    5. Be passionate about what you are doing, care about the welfare of your patients.

    6. Be confident, honest and kind.
  8. by   leslie :-D
    an effective nurse will apply the science in an artistic manner.

    leslie
  9. by   Vito Andolini
    A hide of steel so you will not become discouraged by the many ugly situations and people you will encounter.

    Understand that I'm having a tough time right now dealing with lazy, mean coworkers and idiot bosses who play favorites and take care of themselves but throw line staff to the wolves. And self-serving Administrators who focus on customer service and money rather than on getting patients well while not burning up and abusing their staff.

    The true answer to your question is that there are numerous attributes that a good nurse must have. Why do instructors play these goofy games and get you to try to pick just one?

    Sorry if I bummed you out. I'm just reliving the encounter with the male aide who refused to help a male patient because he thought that to do so was "gay".
  10. by   chowlover
    Good time management skills & a thick skin.
  11. by   Sunflowerinsc
    "The secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient"
    Of course you must have knowledge and skills. But those are Learned
    attributes. But if you do not CARE for patients,all people in general,in the long run you will not be a effective nurse. You will just be doing a job. And that makes for a long hard shift (and life)!
  12. by   wonderbee
    Assuming the nogin is working ok, flexbility is pretty important.
  13. by   jinyi
    Quote from Vito Andolini
    A hide of steel so you will not become discouraged by the many ugly situations and people you will encounter.

    Understand that I'm having a tough time right now dealing with lazy, mean coworkers and idiot bosses who play favorites and take care of themselves but throw line staff to the wolves. And self-serving Administrators who focus on customer service and money rather than on getting patients well while not burning up and abusing their staff.

    The true answer to your question is that there are numerous attributes that a good nurse must have. Why do instructors play these goofy games and get you to try to pick just one?

    Sorry if I bummed you out. I'm just reliving the encounter with the male aide who refused to help a male patient because he thought that to do so was "gay".
    well i dunno....choosing one of that is hard...coz i know they are all important attribute of a nurse but ..of course in this world there are a best one in three choices
  14. by   rn/writer
    Which is more important when walking--the right foot or the left foot?

    Knowledge, skills and ability are half of the equation. Kindness, caring and commitment are the other. Neither half will get you very far alone, but if used together, they will take you--and your patients--far.

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