What makes a good nurse?

  1. I am struggling with the question 'What makes a good nurse? Is it skills/experience, abundance of knowledge, or a person's personality- kindness, caring.. ect. Of course the perfect nurse would have an abundance of all of these, but which one is most important to be thought of as a good nurse?
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  3. by   Davey Do
    Hi Txtonnurse! Welcome to the Breakroom of AN.com!

    Yours is a very good question regarding nursing. The Breakroom is generally for off topic subjects, like entertainment and the like.

    If the Mods don't move your thread, try posting here on the General Nursing Discussion Forum:
    General Nursing | allnurses

    You'll probably get more responses there. But to answer your question, I believe that dedication to patient care is the foremost quality to being a good nurse. If one is dedicated, knowledge and experience will naturally follow.

    The best to you, Txtotnnurse!
  4. by   Davey Do
  5. by   Lil Nel
    I think patient advocacy is the most important quality or trait.

    If a nurse is a good patient advocate, they will seek out the best possible care for their patient. And that is really what nursing is all about.

    Best of luck with your quest to answer your question!
  6. by   Phil-on-a-bike
    My tuppence'worth...

    There is one single, simple overriding factor which is way more important than any personal quality.

    Before all other considerations: a nurse has to be there when it matters.

    That's not as easy to accomplish as it is to say.
    Nursing comes with a high risk of both acute and chronic injuries, from needlestick to back problems, high incidence of assault, repeated exposure to pathogens, and high stress - all contributing to understandably high levels of sickness and absence.
    It is a profession with a very high drop-out rate.

    One thing you can guarantee: every member of this profession, somewhere along the line, will experience genuinely terrible events - trauma, bereavement, the breaking of the worst news.

    When that happens, this is what determines whether or not your patients and your team can count on you::

    The ability to come back for more tomorrow and the willingness to do so.

    A nurse is someone who will be relied upon - by desperately ill people, by those unable to to the smallest thing for themselves, by those in life-threatening emergency situations, by the most vulnerable, and by the rest of the care team.
    And the first step to becoming someone who can be relied upon? Be reliable.

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