Wht Does It Tk 2b A Nurse?

  1. Wht does it tk 2b a nurse? Let's say you are considering nursing as a career..What specific qualities do you think are needed to be a successful nurse?
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  3. by   renerian
    Motivation, dedication and courage.

  4. by   Ahhphoey
    Among other things, it takes patience, empathy, a strong stomach, and pure will. Nursing is not a career you choose strictly for monetary puposes...you just can't. Nursing school is very challenging and requires a great deal of studying and sacrificing; in other words, you may need to put your social life on hold for awhile. Then when you actualy get out into "the real world," a lot of stuff you learned in school is totally opposite. Nursing is an extremely challenging job that can be both physically and emotionally stressful. However, it is a very rewarding career as well. Depending on where you work, you can almost choose your salary and the feeling you get from seeing someone admitted to the hospital sick, go home well, is priceless. You also have alot of different areas to work in, so it's not all doing patient care if that's not your thing. But anyway, nursing is a great career choice and if you feel you have what it takes, go for it!!!
  5. by   adrienurse
    A strong stomach and nerves of steel. The intestinal fortitude to endure the moodswings of even the most dysfunctional administration. A good back. The ability to delight in monotonous tasks. A huge heart. The patience of a saint.

    Add this all up and we can conclude that nurses are the essence of perfection.
  6. by   ZORYA
    I appreciate the comeback...I am currently trying to decide on resp therapist or RN...The resp therapist school is a 140 mile a day commute w/a higher (lot higher) tuition, but I don't have to sweat whether I make it into the program, and the pay is comparable to RN pay when all is said and done in the real world...I am curious as to how resp therapists are treated and where a resp therapist can increase their options in the field. The nursing program is in my town and is a lot cheaper, but if I don't mk the program this next year, I have to wait at least another full year to get in....So what do you guys think? lemme' know!! and thx
  7. by   emily_mom
    ya gotta have heart....
  8. by   deespoohbear
    Common sense and a level head in crisis situations, especially if you work bedside. I see several nurses who had A's all through nursing school and get to the floor and not have a bit of common sense....
  9. by   GPatty
    Honesty, caring and compassion.
    Oh! And a sense of humor doesn't hurt either.....
  10. by   WalMart_ADN
    adrie i hope you don't mind but your response was so perfect i made it my sig...PM me if you do mind and i'll change it!
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  12. by   WalMart_ADN
    it takes A LOT of common sense...a lot of patience....a love of the profession as opposed to a love of the paycheck....a love of your patients, maybe not each one individually, but as a whole.... and an appreciation for what you do and the realization of how important it is.... because as someone else said...there is no better feeling in the world than watching someone you took care of come in a veritable train wreck and then walk out the door.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    a serious backbone (both literally and figuratively, IYKWIM)....and some sincerity sure don't hurt. oh the desire to work your azz off for 12 hours or so.....