A nurse is at the core of any medical team. Working directly with patients, nurses need a strong educational background and to be skilled at things like anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, nutrition and more. But, in order to be a successful nurse, you need more than just the technical skill – you also need some very important soft skills to be successful.
It goes without saying that you must be a caring person to enter this field. As a nurse, you are providing care for people in their most vulnerable times. Patients are often scared, confused and overwhelmed. You must be caring and be able to provide compassion and support to your patient as well as their loved ones.
As a nurse, you must also show respect to coworkers, patients and families. A professional appearance, following rules, sticking strictly to confidentiality laws, and staying focused on each patient’s wishes will go a long way in a successful career as a nurse.
Even the most caring and respectful individual must also be able to pay close attention to detail. As a nurse, you are often in a busy, hectic environment. To be successful you must make sure to follow directions exactly, including making sure that the proper doses of medication are delivered and that your patient’s medical records are kept accurately.
In addition to being detail oriented, successful nurses are also good problem solvers. Being willing to adapt and change with each patient and situation is vitally important.
The medical world is changing and advancing every day and continuing your education is an important part of the job. Whether you reading published works in journals, or advance your degree, staying ahead of the curve will keep you at the top of your game.
The Nursing program at Pima Medical Institute prepares you with both the soft and hard skills necessary to begin your career in healthcare as an entry-level registered nurse. You will gain hands-on experience during the very first semester. Through work in our skills lab with simulation mannequins and similar equipment found in hospitals.
For those registered nurses looking to advance their degree, Pima Medical offers a bachelor of science in nursing (RN to BSN) program. It is 100 percent online, so you can continue to work and balance personal commitments.