What are you really good at?

  1. I'll be wrapping up my 10 week hospital orientation in about 3 weeks. I've worked with about 4 different preceptors. Each one of them has commented that my head to toe assessments are amazing. Most people also really like my documentation. I have to admit I'm thorough. I can't think of a time in my nursing career when so many people have raved about any of my skills. Makes me feel good!

    This isn't a thread to brag, but tell me what you're really good at. Nothing wrong with patting yourself on the back for a job well done!!
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  3. by   Aeterna
    For me, I've gotten lots of comments about how I always look calm, composed, and under control. What makes people visibly stressed out, I seem to stress about less or just not show it. Even on days when I'm going crazy, I mention how I feel to people and they go, "Really? You look like you're handling it just fine." (not in a condescending way; they are genuinely surprised that I am stressed based on how I look)

    When I was in school, both my final two preceptors commented on how fast I pick up on things, like new knowledge or skills. I'm really grateful for this skill because the floor I got hired to work on after graduating has a very steep learning curve and, due to a lot of experienced nurses leaving around the time I was hired, I was forced to take on the more complex patients pretty fast >_<
  4. by   sapphire18
    I can draw an ABG like nobody's business. =P
  5. by   classicdame
    My co-workers tell me I am good with people having behavorial issues. Maybe it's because I do not judge and feel that all of us have some kind of issue. Or maybe it is the "birds of a feather" effect!!
  6. by   SaoirseRN
    I can insert anything into anywhere with my eyes closed. IVs, catheters, NGs. I'm the gal they call for difficult IV starts -- I've always had a knack for them even when I was a new grad, do I ended up being asked to do lots and now it's one of those things I'm known for being able to do.
  7. by   jadelpn
    You all rock!! I love this thread! :-)

    I am diplomatic, clear headed, do not excite easily, and can start an IV in just about anyone.
    (and I am funny----well, I think I am anyways........LOLOLOLOL)
  8. by   That Guy
    I can drop NG tubes like a master ninja at this point.
  9. by   Kayla.J.RN
    I am a new grad on my 5th week of orientation in L&D. I have been getting a lot of compliments from my preceptor and other nurses on the unit that I am a quick learner and have great assessment and critical thinking skills. Three nurses have come up to tell me that they have told my nurse manager about how great a job I am doing on my orientation. I also had a patient tell me that I am very organized and have a lot of patience.

    The positive feedback has helped me build more confidence.. although I know I still have a lot to learn.
  10. by   SwansonRN
    I'm still on orientation in the ICU as a new grad (yikes) so I THRIVE on the little compliments here and there.

    I like to think that I'm a good thinker. I've also been told that I've got a calmness about me and that I'm more independent than most who start out in the ICU. I'll take it!
  11. by   turnforthenurse
    I pick up on things very quickly. I'm not necessarily the best IV starter but I have beautiful-looking IV sites. I have good assessment skills. I have also been good with calming patients down. We had a very distraught, newly confused patient who kept "escaping" from her room...so I walked around with them and eventually got them back into their room and calmed them down. We had another patient who was very upset with her nurse and I was in charge that night, so I went to talk to her...listened to her for an hour....but it calmed her down
  12. by   AgentBeast
    I'm really good at procrastinating. In fact it took me 10 minutes to type this post because I kept switching between this and youtube.

    In all seriousness I'm good at problem solving.
  13. by   Kay28
    I can give an awesome IM injection in the middle of mass chaos, with six security guards on top of the patient
  14. by   Sugarcoma
    Quote from classicdame
    My co-workers tell me I am good with people having behavorial issues. Maybe it's because I do not judge and feel that all of us have some kind of issue. Or maybe it is the "birds of a feather" effect!!

    Ugh me too! I used to take it as a compliment but now...........Sugarcoma this family and pt. has psych issues/DTing/uncontrolled pain/has lodged a complaint etc.etc. so we are giving them to you because you are so good with these kinds of people. Gee thanks guys you know I enjoy having normal pts./families once in a while too.