I am not a people person by nature. I feel drained by people. Yet, I have a superior bedside manner and have received many patient compliments, and even an award by my facility.
I have a real knack that I've developed for feeling out the patient, winning their trust, and meeting them where they are. I can always get them to open up. I can walk into a room and act very interested in them for a short period of time, even if I find them repulsive. I'm really nice and courteous to everyone.
When I was first in nursing school
I had not worked in healthcare before. I was literally petrified to enter my first patient's room for about 10 minutes. Another student was the same, and we stood in the hallway trying to get our nerve up.
I've come a long ways since then. I do enjoy my interactions with my diverse patients now. But I still need my days off to recharge from both them and from being around my co-workers.