Is Nursing for You?

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.

Also see: nurse job description, nurse education.