Nurses Speak Out on Qualities One Should Have To Enter The Nursing Profession
The individual who chooses to become a nurse enters a profession with substantial responsibility that sometimes involves dealing with people who are experiencing the most vulnerable and significant moments in their life. Nurses juggle physical pressures, emotional situations, and at times, mentally taxing experiences. In order to effectively care for and treat patients, nurses must rely on their inherent qualities, as well as the ones they acquire along the way, to become what many consider the ‘ideal’ nurse.
Qualities that every nurse should ideally possess include:
“All nurses need to be compassionate, observant, and flexible,” says Patricia Bollinger-Blanc, Director of Clinical Operations at the Natick, Massachusetts-based Natick Visiting Nurse Association.
Because of the importance of showing kindness, empathy, and concern in the nursing field, some health care facilities have implemented standards to ensure patients receive compassionate care.
“One of the primary reasons why I came to work at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is that our approach is based on the Mother Standard of Care®,” says Dee Emon, Chief Nurse Executive and Quality Officer, “where every patient is treated as you’d want your own mother cared for.”
Emon says that this approach supports her view of the role nurses should play in healthcare, and that such a standard creates an environment where nurses have the ability to provide compassionate, personalized care for patients and their families.
DEDICATION to the PROFESSION
DaLinda Love, Corporate Director of Clinical Services at United Methodist Homes of NJ, says that a dedication to the profession is a top quality that nurses should possess.
“Not everyone can be a good nurse or a nurse,” says Love. “You have to have the inner yearning [...]