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Hey guys! im currently a nursing student working through a two year program with plans to continue on to eventually become a NP. I have always been drawn to trauma and was curious to see what you guys think are some qualities/characteristics that make for an excellent trauma nurse.
Anything you guys think would help a lot!
There is no one specific personality type that's suited to trauma nursing. (I know that, because I'm a trauma nurse and my personality is about the opposite of what you'd expect.) But many of my coworkers ARE type A personalities (as someone else here mentioned). You have to have a quick, decisive mind and a very flexible personality, and be able to juggle several pressing concerns at once. You also need to be very team oriented, since major traumas require a lot of teamwork. There's a lot of documentation required for traumas, too, so it's important to be very thorough in assessments and documentation.
It doesn't hurt to have excellent IV skills, too-----it can be rather challenging to get one or more large bore IVs in some of these patients.