Hi all. I am seriously considering becoming a nurse. I am worried about how good I will be at dealing with patients. Please don't get the wrong idea; I am not afraid to get my hands dirty, and I am not thinking of doing this to marry a doctor. (I am already married.)
I DO have compassion for people and want to help them, but the truth is...I don't have a lot of patience with people. I think I would love taking care of sick people and relieving their suffering, but I know that I am not the most friendly person. For example, I am not great at small talk, or at making other people feel comfortable. I am rather shy.
As a nurse I would want to use my technical skills and training more than my "people skills". Would the OR be a good place to do this, or should I just forget about nursing altogether? What about the SICU? Yes, I know that no matter what, I will need to interact with people, so please don't think that I am trying to avoid that completely.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I like to think that nursing is a big enough field that even us shy types can find our niche. And with practice, making small talk does get easier. People skills can be learned as well as clinical skills. (At least this has been true for me in other areas of my life. I expect that nursing will be the same way.) Not all of us were born Chatty Cathys and that's okay. Good luck to you!
Last edit by dianacs on Jul 25, '02