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Top Nursing Skills: 7 Essential Qualities of a Good Nurse

26 July 2017 By Vanessa

If you’re considering to pursue a career in nursing, you likely already know it’s a skills-heavy role. Some of the required skills are inherent, others are learned both in school and on-the-job. So, if you’re looking at Pioneer Pacific College’s practical nursing program, you may have asked yourself “what are essential qualities of a good nurse?”. Check out our list of the 7 most essential qualities every nurse should have:

  1. Compassion

This may seem like an obvious trait anyone caring for people should have, but it’s so important that it’s still worth mentioning. No matter the level or lack of severity of a patient’s health, compassion is a part of good bedside manner for healthcare workers, especially nurses who spend a lot of time with patients.

  1. Endurance

Many nursing jobs are physically involved and require that a person can not only lift, but remain on their feet for hours at a time and stay present during long shifts. While there are a variety of roles that a licensed practical nurse can fill, most will demand some amount of physical endurance.

  1. Patience

Just as you need physical endurance to be a nurse, mental endurance in the form of patience is key. Working with both patients and other healthcare workers can be a challenge, as any type of interpersonal role will prove. It’s crucial to have access to good patience within yourself for when the tough moments arise. Doctors and fellow healthcare professionals might have a stressful job, and patients are likely to experience the stress of illness, so it’s important to be able to keep a cool head.

  1. Problem-Solver

You might think this is another quality necessary for a lot of jobs, but especially in nursing, things will come up that require you to think on your toes. This is an area you can learn and grow in, but if it’s a trait you already have it can be a great benefit to you in becoming a nurse!

  1. People Skills

Along with compassion and patience, an overall good set of people skills is helpful when practicing as a nurse. Whether showing empathy toward a patient’s ailments and injuries, or listening to their concerns and then setting them at ease during their visit, knowing how to work well with people is almost as crucial to nursing as the science.

  1. Strong Memory

Every job has a learning curve, but with nursing in particular, there is a lot to remember. From recalling which patients to check up on and when, or certain procedures for testing and treatment, there is a lot to keep track of and remember for a nurse.

  1. Attention to Detail

Related to having a strong memory, a good nurse often has a strong attention to detail. This is a vital skill because there is so much involved in a patient’s health and care. If you’re good at noticing and monitoring the big and small things, your eye for detail could help you in your role as a nurse!

While the above are some markers of a good nurse, you don’t have to be a perfect 7 out of 7 to find that nursing is a great career path for you. Some skills can be learned, enhanced, and built on as you grow into your job. The practical nursing program at PPC will help you learn the skills necessary to be a great Licensed Practical Nurse, including hands-on experience gained during the program’s clinical phases.

To learn more about PPC’s Diploma in Practical Nursing or other healthcare programs of study, contact us today!

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