What are some personality traits needed to be a great nurse? - page 3

I'm not a nurse yet but based on what I've been told I would say one would have to have pretty tough skin. My mom's been a nurse since I was born and she's the toughest person I know.... Read More

  1. by   casi
    A desire to continue learning!

    The knowledge that you don't know everything nursing related.

    There is nothing scarier than a nurse who knows everything. Especially when that nurse is a new grad.
  2. by   olddragger
    take martial arts.
  3. by   Inori
    Strong work ethic - always do your best even when no one is watching, quality of work will speak for itself.
    Learning - keep learning, must stayon top of trends, computers, knowledge is power
    perseverance - keep workikng on job until its done, willing to say and do whatever it takes to accomplish task. Be it pt care, advocacy, learning, questioning order
    Customer Service - always answer the question spoken or not. "How can i help you."
    Smile & Thank you- when in doubt smile surely they can't keep yelling at you if you smile and say thank you.

    I guess these are general traits to be sucessful in any field. but yep that summarizes me.
  4. by   RNperdiem
    A nurse, especially a new one will have to find a way to deal with feelings of insecurity. If you use those insecure feelings to improve your performance, get inspired by the "star players" and learn from them you will be miles ahead of the nurses who handle the feeling of insecurity badly.
    You know them. They attack and criticize the star players to make themselves feel better, arrogance blocks the ability to learn.
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    Quote from subee
    When you read all the posts about nursing "eating their young" (no more cliches!!!) remember all the people who took the time to impart the incredible wisdom in these posts. !

    Can I have an AMEN from the Crusty Old Bats here? Bless you, honey.