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what technical skills do nurses need?

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Jared’s Answer

It depends on what you mean by "technical skills". First off, you go to nursing school. It isn't a career center/vocational school training where you take a couple courses and you're ready to go. As far as skills that you will need on a daily basis it will be physical assessments, placing IV's, placing urinary catheters, placing nasogastric tubes, and operating equipment available at your facility, depending on what type of floor you work on or what type of hospital/clinic you are located at. It is an extremely broad question because so much goes into your day-to-day life as a nurse and it varies greatly depending on the place you work and what specialty area you are in. If you have any other questions, feel free to message me

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Grace’s Answer

Number one, you need to care about people. Number two, you have to have a thick skin and not be easily offended. Number three, you have to be organized and a good time manager. Number four, you have to have a good sense of humor. Number Five you have to be calm under pressure. Number six, you can't be easily Grossed out by bodily fluids. Bodily smells open wounds, bad breath, dirty teeth or hair, wiping butts. Number seven, you have to realize that there are people who take advantage of the medical system and will try to get everything from you without doing anything for themselves.
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Diane’s Answer

The above answer is perfect for technical skills, most of which will be taught as you go through nursing school. The more Important skills are non-technical and include: being a good listener, being compassionate and caring, having patience, being flexible--you may not leave on time and your schedule will never be set in stone! If you are bilingual this is a huge help, basic computer skills are a must, as is good telephone etiquette and good grammar. What you say and how you say it will be a big part of who you are and how you are regarded! If you are young and text a lot practice writing in full sentences with attention to spelling. Being friendly and receptive is a must when dealing with people who are sick and families in crisis. There is so much more, but this is a good start. . .

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