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Top 10 Qualities of a Great Nurse

MonsterNursing.com staff

1. Communication Skills

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Solid communication skills are a basic foundation for any career. But for nurses, it’s one of the most important aspects of the job. A great nurse has excellent communication skills, especially when it comes to speaking and listening. They are able to follow directions without a problem and can easily communicate with patients and families.

Nurses always need to be on top of their game and make sure that their patients are clearly understood by everyone else. A truly stellar nurse is able to advocate for her patients and anticipate their needs.


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    mandal

    about 3 years ago

    32 comments

    I read your article and I can't decide which of these qualities should be on the top of the list.But I do think that communication skills are very important.Is not just about what but how to say. An example of the use of the use of these qualities would be the situation when a patient refuses treatment.My mom is a nurse.She once had a patient that refused a steroid treatment because she "heard that steroids are bad".My mom explained her respectfully and with patient that not all steroids are bad.Steroids are often used to treat inflammatory disease and conditions such as vasculitis, myositis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.Steroids help reduce inflammation and prevent tissue damage caused by these diseases.It's now easier to buy steroids legal and the only thing we should keep in mind is to have a professional opinion before taking them.Other medical uses:skin problems,eye infections,breast cancer treatment,HRT.

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    jonahclint

    about 3 years ago

    14 comments

    Communication is very important in this field.Sequential education is one thing every nurse or any one else in the medical field should consider.A masters degree in communication would make a difference and now,thanks to online education is easier to obtain one.

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    hsteven

    about 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I like the fact that you put on first place the communication skills.My mom worked as a nurse for a couple of years and then she lost her job.She found an other one working for a New York drug rehabilitation center and I got to say that her skills in communication,beside her training and experience,were the ones that mattered.

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    brandimharris

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Excellent article!

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    jimb4522

    over 3 years ago

    18 comments

    I think being a great nurse is having a great personality. You have to be very nice to your patients this is so important. Then you really have to know what you are doing. Do not want a nurse that does not know what she is doing. food catering

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    JimmyTT82

    over 3 years ago

    16 comments

    My sister is a nurse and I surely understand the may qualities to you have to posses in order to become a good nurse. You can always be a bad nurse, but who wants that? You can't just choose this job for money. That would be like going through hell afterwards.

    Jimmy, owner of the ziare iasi website

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    GiaGia

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    As I said in a previous comment, many people fail to understand that being a nurse is a very tough job and it requires having a vocation for this field and being able to cope with a lot of stress during working hours. I just with that nurses would be paid a lot more because they deserve that.

    Gia, webmaster at evenimentul de iasi

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    VeronicaMills

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I will tell you about my favorite quality in a nurse. It is empathy. That can do a lot of good when talking to a patient and asking about his state of mind and health. The fun part is that empathy is a great skill for winning hands of poker. Being able to put yourself in the other person's shoes, well, it can mean a lot for that person, especially when you are in a hospital. People do not come with their happy face to a hospital no matter what. A nurse that is able to understand that and act accordingly will always attract positive thoughts from the patient and there are psychological studies that show how positive thoughts act as a placebo and heal us or help us heal faster.

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    NurseT2009

    over 3 years ago

    10 comments

    Unfortunately, many people nowadays go into Nursing for the Money and have no compassion, empathy or care. I gave report to a Nurse on night shift to receive a Ukranian ( spelled wrong?) only speaking patient. I proceeded to show her how to use the language line from our ascom cell phones each Nurse has and she said I don't need it. That she never uses them and she can gets by entire shifts. This man had Q4 hr Neuro checks as well!!! I was scared to leave him in her hands. Furthermore, this chic was a staff Nurse. I'm a
    Traveler new to their floor. I was floored. Poor man. He was completely A+O. Other Nurses kept writing disoriented. Mmm wonder why?

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    ldyhwk

    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    TO THE GREAT NURSES ALL OVER THE WORLD.... HAPPY NURSES WEEK!!!

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    StephenAFarley

    over 3 years ago

    8 comments

    LuuC makes a good point about not falling into the trap of seeing nursing as female. I've been nursing for over 30 years and the great thing about being a male in this profession is the acceptance I ve gotten from patients and their families. Twice In 30 years I've been asked to be off a case because I was a male - most patients sense when we meet that they're going to get my full attention, experience, and education at their bedside and more than one have said, "I think you're the best, I've trusted you completely." But often times standing up for the patient and being their advocate in a conservative, often archaic bureaucracy, you don't always have the reputation as the best or most trustworthy. In many cases hospitals aren't there to help build and foster great nurses - they want nurses who keep their mouth shut, do their job, and don't say or do anything controversial. That's why most places have had to resort to collective bargaining. An alternative I've found lacking in a number of ways. But still better than believing that the hospital is your "friend", there to support you, or to be there for you if a problem occurs. I've seen more top nurses forced out by hospitals who don't want anyone assuming power within the ranks, they want subservience. I've seen more unions kissing the ass of hospital administrators and management rather than support the nurse, that it is no longer a rare occurence. If the hospitals are, as they will tell you, concerned with optimal patient care, why do they hire as many foreign nurses, "new nurses" and nurses with minimal experience as they do? To save money - and to bargain with your healthcare safety, a hospital will hire inexperienced, foreign nurses rather than highly experienced nurses who've been at the forefront fighting for patients and their rights. We experienced, older nurses will cost them more and call a spade a spade and that isn't good to have us in the ranks. Think about it. That's why you have so many nurses leaving healthcare until a national financial crisis occurs forcing them back into practice. And males aren't as welcome as we were always told we would be - unless you're a girly man who craves the company of all women and their way of relating to their jobs, males will be left out. The "male perspective" is not wanted. Patients may love you, but your colleagues and management may not. Again, it's the confidence, the maturity that many men bring to nursing that patients really seem excited about - but don't think for a minute hospitals will be. AND just because you're a male and in the nursing profession does not mean you're any good either The most recent supervisor I had - a male I knew for a few years had many skeletons in his closet but he was new to management. When I left after eight months, the staff was fighting him and each other - there were 10percent American nurses, 90 foreign nurses and it couldn't have been a bigger boiling pot of infighting - and who pays the price for that? Yep, the patients and their families. Look around your hospital and see if any of this sounds familiar. It never hurts to do an ongoing evaluation of your colleagues, supervisor and the facility itself - just like they do to you.

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    LuuC

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Great article. One criticism I would make is to make it less gender specific. Although women do make up the majority of the nursing community, it is important to limit stereotypes as best as possible.

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    Srijanalama

    over 3 years ago

    20 comments

    Good nurses are the needs of each and every country, state. May almighty god bestow all the qualities mentioned in this article and make world a better, peaceful place to live in. Thank u so much........

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    scott88

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    My sister is a nurse for terminally ill children. I work at a drug rehab facility.

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    HerbalNurse

    almost 4 years ago

    466 comments

    Great article.

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