With all of the different career choices to pick from, it’s obvious that different people are good at different things, and not everyone is suited for every career. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to the nursing profession, and it’s something that people need to stop and think about before blindly jumping into nursing (or any career for that matter). In order to be a good, effective nurse, you need to be someone who’s analytical, detail-oriented, and can make quick, accurate decisions. You also need to be someone who is patient, caring, and empathetic towards other people. Patients who are not feeling well or struggling with their illnesses, really depend on nurses in order to lift their spirits and also provide them with the care they need. These patients aren’t always the nicest, they can be grouchy or angry, and nurses need to be able to cope with that while still providing great care.
This takes a special kind of person to be able to do this, and not everyone has these qualities. In the same way that some people are extroverts, where others are introverts, there are people who have the personality traits to be great nurses, and others who don’t. There are some signs that can help your understand which category you fall into. For example, if you tend to have little patience with people, and are quick to anger, you might not be the best for a nursing career. This doesn’t mean that you are a bad person or anything like that at all, it just means that your personality traits might not be the best match for nursing. You might be a brilliant research scientist, and your research could benefit thousands of people, but you may not be the best fit for a nursing career.
It’s important to take the time to look at your personality and think about what your strengths and weaknesses are so that you know what will make you the most happy, and where your talents will shine the most. When you take the time to think about these things, you’ll be able to come up with an idea of what type of career you should pursue. In the end, you want to make sure that you’re happy and that you don’t have to end up switching careers a number of times before you find something that you like. That can lead to wasted time and progress, so if you take the time to do your research and spend time thinking, you’ll be setting yourself up for success.
Further Reading: http://www.naspaa.org/jpaemessenger/Article/VOL19-2/03_Ni.pdf