Congratulations on your interest in one of the most trusted and respected professions—nursing. Nurses can make huge differences in people’s lives; additionally, patients and their families can make huge differences in nurses’ lives. Nurses are privileged to share in the lives of others at important human events like birth and death. Nurses are essential to the health care team. In hospitals, nurses spend far more time with patients and their families than physicians do which is one of the many rewards of a nursing career helping offset the sometimes high stress levels of the job.
- Willingness to work in close contact with people
- Ability to interact without prejudice with a wide range of individuals
- Quick learner and in some situations, ability to make rapid decisions
- Lifelong learner
- Good with science
- Organized, ability to prioritize and multi-task
- Skilled, competent, and able
- Interpersonal communicator
- Stress management skills
Don’t possess all of these characteristics? Don’t worry. Education and experience will help you develop these characteristics and skills. However, if you are not willing to work towards attaining these attributes, then nursing may not be the best choice for you.