What Makes A Good Nurse?

Published on November 24, 2016

No other career provides the opportunity to make such a profound difference on the lives of individuals who truly need and appreciate it. Good nurses immensely contribute to the success and stability of healthcare institutions and to the mental and physical wellbeing of their patients. They provide not only their book knowledge, but a part of their heart to each and every person they care for.
Those who do well in nursing and gain the utmost personal fulfillment from it begin their careers with some unique qualities. Read this brief overview and discover if you have what it takes to be a good nurse.
A good nurse is caring, understanding, nonjudgmental and possesses a strong ability to empathize with people from all walks of life. Registered nurses attend to the sick and injured and their families on a day-to-day basis, and they have to be capable of showing them that they really do care about their situations. Being sympathetic regarding the patient’s hospital experience can go quite a long way towards bettering patient care. 
At times, an empathetic nurse is all patients have to look forward to. At the same time, nurses must be capable of controlling their own emotions as well. They consistently deal with stressful scenarios including emergencies, traumatic events and tragic diseases. To be able to successfully carry out their duties and responsibilities, nurses have to be able to remain calm and think clearly under these particular circumstances.
If patients are ill or worrying about what may be wrong with them, they will understandably be anxious or unhappy (or likely both). Part of practicing compassion as a nurse is being able to recognize situations like this – and so many more – and working hard to help patients maintain their dignity through it all. This necessitate honest and straightforward communication. Say what you mean and mean what you say, behaving fairly and ethically in all cases.
Calm Under Pressure
When you have to make quick decisions in a medical scenario, keeping your cool is very important. Individuals who make great nurses are naturally level-headed, however your education plays a great role here as well. Morale grows through knowledge. When you are aware of the technical aspect of your career like the back of your hand, you’re going to be better equipped to make calm, rational decisions even in the face of high stress and adversity, serving as a solid guide when patients go through rough waters.
Good Communication Skills
Great communication skills are a basic foundation for any job. However, for nurses it is one of the most crucial aspects of the career. They must be able to communicate with doctors, patients and colleagues in a very fast-paced environment. They have to also listen carefully to doctors’ orders and take excellent notes when required. Good nurses are able to follow directions without any issue and easily communicate with patients and families. A really stellar nurse advocates for their patients and anticipates their requirements. Effective communication skills in nursing create a high degree of patient satisfaction while preventing medical mishaps.
Good nurses understand how to perform all of their duties with the utmost accuracy and detail. They play a great role in assessing and treating patients’ medical issues, and when dealing with the health of a fellow human being, there is very little room for mistake, so nurses have to responsibly carry out their duties at all times. 
They must be able to keep track of and record minor alterations in a patient’s health or behavior, since neglecting to notice anything could end up having serious consequences. Nurses also have to be responsible when it comes to their career requirements and be flexible with their time. Due to the fact that emergencies can occur at any time, and nurses are required 365 days in a year, they are often needed to work overtime, nights, weekends and holidays.

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