Live-In Nursing Care
Qualities Of A Good Nurse
Nursing is a true vocation and is one of the most challenging careers there is, requiring a great deal of patience, medical skill, compassion and stamina.
However, there are additional qualities that every good nurse should have. Here’s a look at what it takes to make a good nurse.
A Professional Attitude
Nurses are often the link between patients, medical and administrative bodies so they need to be able to approach every situation with a professional attitude.
Nurses deal with people from all walks of life, so it’s important to treat every individual with professional respect without judging them.
Nurses often have to deal with difficult people, whether they are patients or family members. Emotions can run high and a nurse may be subjected to demanding, offensive and even abusive behaviour. Learning to rise above this and maintain a professional attitude is the sign of a truly exceptional nurse.
Excellent communication skills include the ability to speak and listen to others with tact and diplomacy.
A good nurse will also be able to communicate with a good sense of humour and a pleasant disposition. A positive attitude can help lift a patient’s spirits and also defuse difficult situations.
Nurses regularly work with patients who are suffering a great deal of pain and mental anguish. Nursing demands a great deal of physical and mental stamina, and often a nurse will suffer from high levels of physical and mental fatigue. Being able to rise above their own problems and empathise with a patient’s or family member’s suffering, is essential.
A Calm Approach
It’s inevitable that a nurse will have to deal with emergencies from time to time. Some situations call for quick thinking and a clear, calm head. It could mean the difference between life and death. A good nurse should have the ability to deal with any situation in a professional and practical manner.
Even if a nurse is only caring for one patient in their own home, the above qualities are necessary to ensure their work is carried out to the best of their ability and their patient’s well-being and comfort remains the top priority.
Depending on the situation, a person may need the medical and practical assistance of a trained nurse rather than a live-in care assistant to help them in their home. Some nurses may have specialist training in specific areas such as dementia, spinal injuries or terminal conditions.