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5 Professional Skills Nurses Must Have

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Nursing is very delicate as it involves lives, and to be the best at your job, you need to develop some professional skills.
Although some of these skills are not taught in school, nurses must consistently practise to hone their skills in order to provide quality healthcare to patients and to scale their career.

1. Good communication skills

As a nurse, you’d be interacting with different people daily. Therefore, there’s a need to develop your communication and people skills.
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Communicating effectively with patients helps them to feel comfortable and to understand all the medical information and prescriptions thrown at them. Have a listening ear so that you can proffer solutions to all patients’ requests and complaints. This also helps in their recovery process.

2. Paying attention to details 

As a nurse, you deal with life and death and health and sickness during every shift.
Therefore, it is very critical for nurses to have good attention to detail so that they don’t make mistakes. You have to pay attention when entering patients’ details into the system, giving patients their prescriptions and when recording their health details.
This is very essential because any mistake can cost a life.

3. Stress management

Nursing comes with continuous mental and physical trauma and stress. It is important to learn how to handle every kind of emotions of patients, like anger,  frustration, pain and agony.
Learn to always remain calm and composed so as to understand the situation and have a clear idea of how you can carry out your duties effectively.

4. Empathy and Compassion

A nurse has to be considerate,  sympathetic, non-judgement and kind. Developing this skill is important as you’d be encountering different patients experiencing a wide range of physical or psychological issues.
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Show them care, try to understand them and help them to cope with their challenge.

5. Critical thinking 

This is also an important skill due to the many urgent choices nurses have to make on a daily basis.
Nurses need to be able to access a situation very quickly and to make critical decisions on the spot. This will help nurses to do their job well in a high-pressure working environment.
To scale up your career and to become successful, you need to hone these skills.
 

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