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What kinds of personality traits are most effective for nurses to have?


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Jaclyn’s Answer

The most effective personality traits - in all work environments - are actually a combination of traits. Humble, Hungry and Smart. Check out Patrick Lencioni's book called the Ideal Team Player.
Humble - the ability to think more about others and less about themselves. Big picture helpers, not those who want to gain something from helping.
Hungry - Self-motivated, passionate, vigorous pursuit to fulfill objectives. Strong desire to always keep learning.
Smart - so much more than book smart. Emotional Intelligence; able to recognize how their words and actions affect the entire group dynamics.

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Check out Patrick Lencioni's book called the Ideal Team Player.

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Kerrie’s Answer

The personality traits that are most effective for nurses to have are being compassionate, having humility, caring, loving, being non-judgmental, and being an active listener. One thing I have learned along with my career as a nurse for the past 25 years is that people just want to know they are being heard and that you care. Taking the time to sit down and really show you can hear what the patient is saying to you by your nonverbal cues is huge, especially now that our charting is on computers. Take that time to connect face-to-face, see and hear what the patient needs from you as a caregiver.
Also, explore the generational lines and gaps; it is important to understand what each generation needs from the person they are trying to relate to and I know from personal experience that this make s a huge impact on the relationship you create with them. For example, the traditionalists need something very different than a Gen Xer. Take the time to explore the basices of these gaps and it will really help you in your relations with the generations.
Nursing is basically a series of tasks, assessments, and treatments, so finding the time to connect with the patient even if it is only the 5 minutes you have before they go into a huge surgery is super important fo that patient. I have always tried to treat my patient like they were extended family and think "what would I do for them if this was my mom, dad, sister, brother, uncle, grandma, aunt, nephew, niece, etc..." This helps drive your compassion and willingness to serve the greater good and not get bogged down with a task-driven attitude or personality. Time may seem so short some days, but if you take the time to care and to listen, it will be the biggest reward of your career.

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Diane’s Answer

As a nurse, it is important, is to be a caring individual who truly cares for patients and their general well-being. Nurses interact with patients and families that may be experiencing a great deal of stress, being a caring and patient individual can make all the difference.
Strong communication is also very important. Nurses need to have the ability to effectively communicate with other nurses, physicians, other disciplines involved in the patient care from other units, patients, and their families.

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Diane’s Answer

As a nurse, it is important, is to be a caring individual who truly cares for patients and their general well-being. Nurses interact with patients and families that may be experiencing a great deal of stress, being a caring and patient individual can make all the difference.
Strong communication is also very important. Nurses need to have the ability to effectively communicate with other nurses, physicians, other disciplines involved in the patient care from other units, patients, and their families.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Flexibility, compassion, patience and a commitment to life-long learning are excellent personality traits for nurses to possess. Nursing offers numerous career paths. While the ER may be a great fit for one person's personality, hospice may be a great fit for another. I encourage my students to try numerous types of nursing to determine the one that is the best fit for their personality.

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KatieAnna’s Answer

Compassion, empathy, non judgmental, Patience , and a willingness to learn. A lot of times, the path you will follow in your nursing career will match to your personality.

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