6 Skills You Didn’t Know a Nurse Needed

6 Skills You Didn’t Know a Nurse Needed

New nursing graduates are sometime surprised by the difference between their academic learning experience and the real word healthcare environment they encounter. This transition doesn’t have to be too jolting, though, as there a few easy tips and skills to consider and develop as you begin your professional career. Whether you are new to nursing, or are considering transitioning into a new career in healthcare, below are some of the most critical components to a day in the life of a nurse. Consider carefully these factors when embarking upon on your career so that you can thrive as a professional in this capacity.

1. Reporting
Communication both verbal and written is critical to your daily duties as a nurse. You’ll need to be able to communicate seamlessly with doctors, patients, and supporting staff to ensure optimal treatment standards. You’ll have to read and sign off on a lot of things so make sure you always know what you’re reading.

2. Time Management Skills
Nursing schools don’t focus a great deal on the time management in the daily life of a nurse. However, it is vital that you learn how to manage your time with patients, other team members, and your personal life. Make up a schedule or system that’s easy to follow.

3. Multitasking
Along the lines of time management, you will be asked to juggle many roles as a nursing professional. Your ability to multitask your duties and responsibilities will be critical for your ability to succeed. Classes don’t teach you how to monitor multiple patients at a time, their support networks, and your supervising staff. Refining this ability will distinguish you in your career.

4. Physician Communication
Communicating with doctors becomes one of the focal points of your job. You will constantly be negotiating personality quirks, while receiving instruction and providing feedback regarding patient care. Know how to get your ideas across and the best way to communicate with others.

5. Stress Management
Being a nurse can be a very stressful profession. Daily you will be dealing with people who are suffering, and the hectic atmosphere of a clinic or hospital. Many of your decisions and the work you perform will directly impact their lives. It’s important you development methods for coping with the stress you experience. Have a daily de-stress routine to keep you focused and calm.

6. Mortality 
The nature of your profession might compel you to deal with death and grieving loved ones. While no class can prepare you for this, it will be important for the longevity of your career that you become sensitive and prepared to cope with it.

There are limits to what nursing schools teach. Many of the practical components of the profession are learned and developed through real-world experience. Ultimately, candidates seeking a clinical laboratory degree in the nursing professionals must embrace a career of life-long learning both academically and in practical ways.

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