To a patient the hospital will never be as pleasant as their own home, but quality of nursing care can go a long way to making the patient’s hospital stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
A kind, empathetic nurse who is quick to respond, resourceful and attentive can create a warm, comforting atmosphere that will not only keep patients happy, but will also provide a morale boost that can help the healing process.
In addition to formal training, licensing and certification, there are many traits and qualities that separate a good nurse from a great one:
- Do you enjoy helping others?
- Are you interested in health and science?
- Are you good at diagnosing problems?
- Can you multi-task?
- Are you detail-oriented?
- Are you a good listener?
- Are you sensitive to the needs of patients?
- Do you work well with others?
- Do you have an optimistic personality?
- Can you maintain patient confidentiality?
- Do you have the ability to be on your feet for much of the day?
- Can you overcome squeamishness at the sight of blood?
- Are you empathetic without becoming overly emotional?
If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, then nursing might be the right career choice for you.