I feel bad asking this, but...

  1. I really need help!

    All I have ever wanted to do is be a nurse. I am a student with literally one prereq class left and a clinical application in hand. Here is my problem.... the essay!

    I have already written this essay 5 times. Yes I am putting too much pressure on myself over this, but I just want it to be perfect and really reflect me. The topic is to write a BRIEF personal statement about my perception of the nursing profession. I have the majority of it written but one paragraph really needs some work.

    I would like to know, what each of you considers important characteristics that make a nurse a good nurse. I want a nurses perspective.

    Here is what I think so far...

    a good listener/communicator
    team player
    quick thinker
    ability to prioritze
    compassion, but more importantly empathy

    can you help me brainstorm some more? Thanks!
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    RN; from US


  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I like the attributes you have listed so far. GOOD LUCK!
  4. by   AggieQT
    Thanks, its just hard when you are not yet a nurse to know what it takes to be a "good" nurse you know? The last thing I want to do is write an essay to nurses about being a nurse and be wrong about it!
  5. by   xt1
    To add to the list:
    Emotion Stability ( ability to cope in stressfull situations )
    Physical Endurance
    Social Skills
    Manual Dexterity
    Problem-Solving Skills
    Effective Clear Communication
    Organization and Time Management

    -info taken from Careers in Nursing Terence J. Sacks McGraw-Hill 2003 pgs. 46-48

    Stupid english class making me feel bad for taking something from a book without acknowledging the source.
  6. by   Tweety
    Common sense
  7. by   cheshirecat
    A good sense of humour!:smilecoffeecup:
  8. by   gr8rnpjt
    you are on the right track. Good luck, sounds like you have this one in the bag!
  9. by   Lacie
    ability to be a "risk-taker" This was something they imbedded in us repeatedly when I was a student. I dont see it stated much today in programs but I think it is a very intregal part and trait in order to be a good nurse.