Quote from HM2Viking
This was part of an assignment that I did for Nursing Foundations....I think it was an interesting question....
What do you think makes a good nurse?
I think that a good nurse has to have the ability to do the right thing always. I believe that a good nurse expresses this through a strong commitment to displaying the core values of Honor, Courage and Integrity. It is an honor to be trusted with caring for the needs of your patient and their family. It takes courage to always do what is best for the needs of your patient and not just what is easy or convenient. It takes integrity to accept responsibility for your mistakes and to take steps to fix problems. By striving to achieve these values I hope that I am always showing that I care about the well-being of my patients and society to make the world a little better each day.
When I decided I wanted to become a nurse, I did so because I wanted to be there to care for, comfort, support, and advocate for patients. I have a similar assignment for one of my first semester nursing courses and am thinking about what I want to write. Since I have started school, I have realized that there is much more to nursing and much less to nursing than I dreamed. I do not know yet how to make much sense to anyone of that statement, it is simply how I feel.
What makes a good nurse? I think How I could answer that question will change as I grow into this profession. It involves so many parameters such as what I want in a nurse, what I want to be as a nurse, how I want to see nursing,what my professors tell me about nursing, what nursing really is... I will tell you that none of those descriptions is identical for me.
Right now I want to be professional, skillful, knowledgable, caring, non condescending, and real. I want to help to relieve pain, relieve fear, educate, comfort, care for, and be a voice for those who are in an often unfamiliar and scary situation.