Quote from GaMommy81
Thank you very much! I am praying that I land this position. What skills and qualities do you think are necessary in order to be a successful ICU nurse?
I am speaking as a new nurse (I have been working for 7 months) but I'll give you my observations so far:
•Strong assessment skills
•Time mgmt and organization
•Ability to work with several lines, drips, etc. (I find this takes a ton of patience for constant untangling)
•Strong therapeutic communication - lots of family and pts going through the most difficult time of their lives.
•Excellent judgment, ability to think critically
•Strong knowledge of diseases, pathophysiology, medications, and treatments
•Assertiveness and strong patient advocacy
•Ability to cope with high stress situations and with death
•A sense of humor - but I find this to be a general requirement for life, really.
•Mental focus - ICU nurses have to constantly assess and reassess