Hard and Soft Skills - page 6

Last year, or perhaps the year before that, I attended an all-staff meeting that was being facilitated by the hospital administrator, chief nursing officer, and a couple of other members of the site leadership team. I will never... Read More

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    This is how I see it. I am an older lady (53) and just started my first nursing job as a LPN in an assisted living facility. I am thrilled to finally be doing something I have always felt called to do. Right now I do not have very good hard skills. My school pushed book smarts, but I wasn't impressed by our clinical rotations. The teachers kept saying, don't worry, you will get your skills at your job. To me this is where my soft skills come into play. I befriended everyone I met at work, helped them in any way I could, came in to work if they called because they were short handed. So everyone gets along well with me, and when I come across a skill I must perform that I am unsure of, plenty of people offer to help me. To be a good nurse you need both soft and hard skills. Someone has to be willing to show the new nurses the ropes. It doesn't hurt to have good people skills and I think it can be taught. I look forward to the day when I have both kinds of skills because they are both so important.
    LadyFree28, jalyc RN, canigraduate, and 1 other like this.

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    My school pushed book smarts, but I wasn't impressed by our clinical rotations.
    Many of us who graduated within the past 10 years learned more skills during our first year of nursing than all of the clinical rotations we completed during school combined. Your experience of not learning much during your nursing school clinical shifts is, unfortunately, typical.
    CosmicHymns and jalyc RN like this.
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    Quote from turnforthenurseRN
    Take this for example. When I used to work on the floor, we would have a frequent flier, known for her drug seeking behavior...she would get her 2100 meds, which would include things like Seroquel, Xanax and 2mg Dilaudid tabs...but would also have IV prn anxiolytics and opioids. She would ask for everything (including her prns) all at once...as she kept dozing off mid-sentence with her SaO2 dropping. The nurse taking care of the patient refused and told her that she would have to wait, because you know, the nurse was afraid this patient would stop breathing. Patient complained to management, management spoke to that nurse and basically told her that the next time a patient asks for all of those meds, you give them, even if they are falling asleep mid-sentence. You gotta keep them happy.

    Medicare needs to get their priorities straight.
    MEDICARE has nothing to do with management's improper view of nursing care. THAT is totally on them. Also was 'management' the charge nurse, the DON, or the administrator? I can't see an administrator wanting an overdose death in the newspapers just to keep a patient happy.
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    I don't see how this is a bad thing.

    "Hard skills" are important, but pretty much anyone can stick an IV, care for an ostomy, administer tube feelings, etc. after some training.

    You can't train a person to ask for help even if people get annoyed, to be professional and competent, even on the worst days, and to be friendly and teach, even though the person should know this already.
    CosmicHymns, Altra, canigraduate, and 1 other like this.

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