I have been looking around the internet and found out that most of the qualities or characteristics, of a good nurse are the following in a nurses point of view … What sets apart a good nurse from others:
- anticipates patient needs
- suggest to MD what meds to give
- advocates patient needs
- you innovate
- you meet patients needs and make them comfortable
- gain patient trust and respect
- explain what you are doing
- a promise is a promise to patients
- deliver results and what is expected
- align with great and good nurses
- able to pull trigger when needed
- lead the team
- achieve unit goals
- team work
- accountability and authority
- create structure for your patients
- make goals for patients
- smart / intelligent
- clean up
- passionate about caring patients
- good judgment
- critical thinking
- calm under pressure
when you are starting out as a new nurse you usually start to just take care of the task you are given, but as you grow and gain more experience try to help, be a part of the team, do great things, and try to be responsible of other nurses too, by doing this you start to transition to be a charge nurse or team leader, and this is the growth that you need to follow.
from the perspective above, what I am trying to say is when you start to become a nurse you need to have to prepare your mind and start thinking ahead to stay ahead… example of this is when you are still applying you should be already playing in your mind how to work as a nurse for the job you are applying, then when you are already working as a nurse you need to be develop the skill to become a charge nurse, and when you are a charge nurse you need to start developing and acquiring the skill of a supervisor and when you become a supervisor you need to be start acting like you are a manager and think like a manager. In doing this you can further your career as well stay ahead of your peers,
to do this you need to have a good foundation of the policies and procedures of the organization and to have a better grasp of this policies and procedures try to be involved in meetings, setting up rules in the unit, volunteer your time to councils, partnership councils, attend unit meetings and town halls meeting.
You don’t need to be a leader to be attend those, but by doing and attending meetings and doing things for the organization or unit or nursing council, you are already a leader, and this will solidify your goal to stay ahead of your peers. You don’t have to be a leader to stay ahead but will make you stay ahead but what I am trying to say is by doing and helping your peers in your unit you will grow fast.
To grow fast you need to stay active in unit activities, if someone needs to be turned or cleaned up and you are free go and help, if someone needs to coverage for their shift – go cover for that person, if someone needs an IV and you think you can try and get an IV go take the opportunity to do it even if you fail at first because if you keep on trying inserting an IV you will eventually master it- just keep on trying to help.
I don’t know if you know the 10000 hours rule – it says that you need to be doing the job, the thing, or practice 10000 hours for you to master it. So mastery and comes with doing it multiple times, if you fail on your first PIV insertion- try again, and if you suck on your first day at work- keep on working if ppossible work 5 times a week, to do this try get a part time job somewhere- by doing this you will gain more experience and grow faster and differentiate yourself to be the best ideal nurse, remember if your peer needs help go help them because the knowledge that they have when you are helping them will somehow be transferred to you. and when you reach your 10000 hours helping and working at your current position you will surely grow fast and become the ideal nurse your peers see.
By then you will transition yourself to the leader and you will get the attention of your superiors- and you will be given new responsibilities… do it again try to be on top of it all the time-
Dealing with patients- patients are in the hospitals because they are sick, they become discouraged, they become irritated, they become confused, they attack you, they may fire you, you may not understand them but don’t stop there, just stay calm and deal with, situations like that is the best way to learn from them to be the best nurse in the unit. If you are able to deal with all kinds of patients then you have a good interpersonal skill that you have developed since you are a child. When I came here in the US of A, I have a hard time coping, coming from Philippines, educated there, I was still adjusting to culture and norms, and I have hard time understanding Texan accent and black accent,(in Philippines our teachers taught us in English all the time… I don’t know why hehehe) I tend to read their lips but sometime I have hard time grasping what they were saying so it was so hard- I think the think that helped grow was working two jobs and just working-
I was a preceptor for a newly grad nurse who just passed the board exam- and I was amazed by how she was grasping what I was teaching her- she was on top of almost everything- and I gave her flying colors- and her orientation to the unit where I worked was shortened because she was doing great- but she when she was on her own, first week, she had a patient who was not what she imagined- she suddenly decided to quit and go for a doctors office job and I was not happy because I was not able to grow her to her full capacity that’s why I am writing this. I wish I was more helpful to her and more engaged and have warned her beforehand that being a nurse is nor what you usually expected. My advice is when you are starting as a new nurse or even starting in a new job- expect for the worse because you are new and need to learn more, like what I said for you to grow is to give time to your peers and Help as much as you can, because when you do that you gain confidence from your peers, you gain experience, you gain knowledge and that’s the best way to grow, and I think that is the path to diffentiate you to be the best nurse.
Benefits of helping.
Planning: When moving patients plan, when going inside the room plan, anticipate, when calling MDs plan your conversations SBAR
If you have gone this far to read my random thoughts- disclaimer: English was not my native language, so pardon me and this article is unedited.
I want to write more about this topic, I hope I can so see comments soon. Thanks.
“OH it has been like that” whe you are being oriented and you are taught a thing that you think deviates the norm you learned from school – ask yourself if this ethical, does it follows the policies and procedures of the institution, and ask your mentor the why question? If your mentor will say “Oh it has been like that since I started here” then trust your gut feeling or if its is safe to do it then do it.
Be proactive: try to do as much as you can. If you are being taught of a procedure, example dressing changem- don’t be the person to watch the procedure be the person to the procedure, dont worry your mentor will be beside you and usually he will teach you while you are doing it. Just imagine you were the one who is watching your preceptor doing the dressng change your learning will just be visual or mental but you will not gain the skill of doing it. another example is programming your iv pumps: instead of you watching your mentor doing it, why you judt do it. Another example is priming your tubings for iv pumps – instead of your mentor doing it for you why dont you do it your self- that way you learn. Inserting PIVs instead of letting someone insert it for you why dont you try at least once before you let someone start it for you, bt be present so you gain the knowledge and technique from that person and apply it next time you insert iv again, remember try and try again… you dont develop the skill of placing iv’s overnight at least maybe after 30 try you become comfortable in doing it. when I started placing IVs it took me years to master it, now I can place an IV even if you are coding the patient without problem.
“IV”- you need to be good at this, you know why? because i beleive this will give you so much leverage, unless you work in ED that everyone is really good at doing it. BUt if you work in a unit, this is the best skill you need to master because you will become the most in demand person and your peers will thank you more.
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respect, triage, spend time, affect, don’t show anxiety, caring