Necessary Skills For NursingNovember 16, 2013
Being a nurse can be very fulfilling but it can also be very challenging. Nurses diagnose, treat and manage all types of medical conditions in patients across all ages. They work round the clock and need to always stay up to date with the latest medical advancements. But being a nurse is not only about being academics. A nurse has to be a manager, a listener and also be skilled and knowledgeable enough to handle various situations that arise in the course of duty.
Here are a few skills that every good nurse should have. Taking some time to introspect and determine whether or not you have these skills will help you decide if this is the right calling for you.
Excellent People Skills
As a nurse you will be dealing with and providing care for patients across a wide range of backgrounds and ages. To be able to do your job well, you have to be able to put people at ease and also deal in a sympathetic manner with them and understand their fears and problems.
Keen Observation & Communication Skills
These two attributes are critical for anyone who wants to be a good nurse. You have to be a good listener and communicate well. You will also have to be constantly alert to any changes in the condition of the patent as well and understand the implications with reference to care.
Ability To Answer Questions & Offer Objective Advice
Nurses are the ones who will have the most contact with the patients. You will have to be able to answer any questions that are asked of you and share your skills and knowledge with patients and their families or friends.
Ability To Work As Part Of A Team
Your role as a nurse requires you to work in a multidisciplinary team that will include doctors, anaesthetists, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists and many other professionals. You need to understand how all these people work as a team and have to be able to do the same.
Ability To Face Challenging Situations With Equanimity
There will be numerous occasions when you will be faced with stressful situations and you will play a key role in helping the patients as well as their families come out of their crisis.
Have The Right Values
Having the right values is a crucial factor as these will define you as a nurse.
- Care: You should be caring enough to understand the needs of patients
- Compassion: You must be compassionate and competent enough to understand their social and health needs
- Competence: You should also have excellent technical and clinical knowledge and the treatment has to be based on evidence and research
- Communication: Communication is a very important part of any caring relationship and listening is very important as well.
Last but not least, you need to have the courage and commitment to do the right thing for your patients and to speak up whenever there are concerns, no matter what.