You don't have to be a saint to be a great nurse, but with practice and a big heart, you can make a difference in the lives of sick people.
- TIP: Look out for the emotional fatigue that strikes nurses and doctors and know when to take a break and how to cope.
- Step 1: Respect the rules and respect everyone you work with. The best nurse is an advocate for their patients and sees to their wishes and health above everything else.
- FACT: During the Civil War, about 2,000 women on both sides of the conflict volunteered to be nurses.
- Step 2: Empathize with everyone that enters your ward. However, be able to maintain emotional stability and a professional manner after all the unpleasantness you see.
- Step 3: Smile and be cheery around your patients. Your positive energy will brighten their day and make them feel relaxed and comfortable as they recover.
- TIP: Don't be afraid to talk with other nurses to learn new techniques and tricks of the trade as your progress in you career.
- Step 4: Roll with the punches and be flexible with your schedule. Your responsibilities and duties will change almost constantly, but don't let that throw you off your game as you tackle the day.
- Step 5: Practice listening to your patient and their family. Deliver information to them clearly, using nontechnical terms, so they can understand what is happening.
- Step 6: Obtain a top-notch education from an accredited nursing school. The best nurses have the skills and experience from years of practice to perform all kinds of medical tasks with ease.