Obviously, interpersonal skills are very important to being a nurse. Do you feel that this is something that can be learned during nursing school
or is it an inherent personality trait?
I tend to feel "awkward" around new people or in group situations. I'm nervous about how that would affect my ability to be a good nurse working with so many patients and co-workers. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Anyone out there who used to be shy but changed after nursing school?
Oct 23, '06
Can they? Absolutely. My dh was the most shy child ever...he used to sit in his grannie's car in 10 degree weather , for hours, rather than go into a home of someone he did not know well. He had to be dragged in, screaming the whole way, that was how much he avoided socializing with anyone but his parents and grannie (who raised him).
This same man, today, uses excellent interpersonal skills to sell Snap-On tools for a living, as a government accounts manager with numerous accounts all over Washington State. To say he learned interpersonal skills in his 20 years in the US Air Force would be understating it. His skills are brilliant now. I admire him as you can tell.
Anyhow, the answer is "yes", such skills can be learned.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Oct 23, '06