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Old 06-26-2007, 02:10 AM
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Question Indispensable Nurse Qualities

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I just posted this question on my blog, but I'd like to get some feedback here...

What traits do you consider indispensable to nursing?
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Flexibility.

That's just one, of course
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Oops! I hadn't read your post yet. Well, great minds... :-)

So... I'll add sense of humor. *I* personally think it's indispensable. I think without a sense of humor one would end up in Burn-Out Alley fairly quickly.

I mean really. When one sees liquid poo dripping off the end of the bed, what else can you do but see the humor in that? Poo. Dripping off the end of the bed. What's the point in throwing a tantrum about it?
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From my (hospice) perspective, I think an ability to handle ambiguity is an important piece...I know it is in other areas too, but I know it's key for EOL.
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Darnit! I was going to say "sense of humor"

I will add, the ability to stay calm and relaxed, even when everything that can go wrong IS going wrong. I think too many nurses chanel their stress into anger and panic, rather than learning strategies to stay cool.

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Nurses must be tough as nails, have a sense of humor, and caring spirit.
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The ability to care for ourselves first rather than running on empty - and yes absolutly a sense of humor
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The ability to suspend judgment is very important. Especially when you work with a population who does things you think are wrong, or you on gut instinct want to judge.

I always have to remind myself that they have a different life than I do and it is not my job to judge, but rather deliver my best care.
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Have to agree with that one. It is one of the hardest things to listen to and see how others live their lives without giving away what you really think about it.
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Hard, but crucial. For one thing, we almost never have the whole picture. Without knowing context, judging on what is in front of you is often to jump to wrong conclusions. I used to work w/people with HIV/AIDS now I work with Vets. These are often folks w/a lot of problems and issues (dual & triple diagnosis), but that's why we're here, right?

It gets very interesting at EOL when you also get all the family dynamics and drama
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