There are many registered nurse characteristics and traits that are important to have if you want to be successful as a professional nurse. Some important characteristic traits of a good registered nurse are having empathy, patience and understanding. Good nurses are also incredibly kind and nurturing. Nurses wear many hats and their days are often very busy, with many patients to take care of and new situations constantly arising.
Below we have listed what we feel to be three of the most important traits of a Registered Nurse:
- Good Communication Skills – As a registered nurse, one of the most important skills you can have is to communicate clearly. Depending on who you are talking to, you will need to be able to explain things both medically and so that nonmedical professionals can understand. Therefore, when you are talking to doctors or fellow coworkers you will need to use medical jargon that is clear, correct and straight to the point. When discussing things with patients, on the other hand, you will need to be able to explain what is going on in terms that they can understand, because not everyone has a medical degree. That means being able to simplify things and clearly state what the issue or diagnosis is.
- Attention to Detail – As a professional nurse working in a doctor’s office or in a hospital, you will be responsible for handling many different situations, all at the same time. Good multitasking skills are essential to being a successful nurse, as well as having a superb attention to detail. For instance, you will have to be able to read patient’s charts quickly, but thoroughly and ensure that they are given correct medications and dosages. You will also have to be able to update doctors at a moment’s notice so being able to remember the various cases assigned to you will be critical to creating a career as a nurse.
- Flexibility – Your schedule as a nurse will vary from job setting to job setting but it is safe to say that you will be working weekends, nights and holidays; at least when you are first starting out. Therefore, you will need to be flexible and understand that your schedule will revolve around your career and not the other way around. The great thing about your schedule as a nurse though, is the fact that every day won’t be the same and you will get time off some days where you can actually run errands and go to the gym during normal business hours. So even though it might seem like a lot – having to pull a 24 hour shift – you will usually have a full day off afterwards to recover.
What other personality traits of a nurse do you feel are important? We would love to hear from you!