Top 10 Qualities of a Nurse

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Published on October 1, 2008

Author: yoonusnx


Nursing defined : Nursing defined Nursing is a science and an art that focuses on promoting quality of life as defined by persons and families, throughout their life experiences from birth to care at the end of life. Nursing history : Nursing history Role of nuns and military personnel 1633-sisters of charity 1644-sisters assume charge of a hospital at Angers 1654-sisters care for the wounded in a battlefeild in France Nursing history……contd : Nursing history……contd 1850-Florence Nightingale ,a pioneer of Nursing begins her training at the Inst of Vincent de Paul, Alexandria 1857-First group of paid social workers in England starts the District Nursing Programme 1860-’Notes on Nursing’ Nursing history contd…… : Nursing history contd…… 1873:Linda Richards became officially America's first trained nurse, graduated from the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston. 1901: Nurses regulation act-Newzela 1903: Nurses licensure-N.Carolina 1919: Gen Nursing council-England 1947: Indian Nursing council Act Top 10 Qualities of a nurse : Top 10 Qualities of a nurse 1.Competence Ability to perform a job or a task with adequate knowledge, skill,and right attitude 1.Competence contd…….. : 1.Competence contd…….. a.Knowledge Awareness,familiarity,perception or information of a fact or a principle or a subject by learning, experiencing or investigating 1.Competence contd……… : 1.Competence contd……… B. Skill Proficiency or ability derived from once knowledge, experience and aptitude to perform a job perfectly 1.Competence contd…….. : 1.Competence contd…….. C. Attitude State of mind or one’s feeling or out-look towards a job, situation, problem or a given responsibility 2.Honesty & integrity Who is most honest among professionals ? : 2.Honesty & integrity Who is most honest among professionals ? In an yearly gallop poll conducted in US to find out who among professionals are at top in honesty and ethics ,nurses are rated at top consecutively since 8 years until 2006. In 2006, 84% Americans rated, honesty and ethics among Nurses as high or very high. Honesty & integrity…contd 2006 survey result-USA : Honesty & integrity…contd 2006 survey result-USA Honest & integrity survey result : Honest & integrity survey result 3. Honesty……contd : 3. Honesty……contd Honesty is being truthful in words and deeds .Integrity is firm adherence to a moral code Honesty is the best image of a person If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything 3.Practical intelligence : 3.Practical intelligence Ability of an individual that finds to use the best fit between himself and the demands of the situation-common sense 4.Empathy,Sympathy & Compassion : 4.Empathy,Sympathy & Compassion Empathy Intellectual and emotional awareness and understanding of another person’s thought, behaviour and feelings The ability to sense and understand someone else’s feeling as if they were one’s own Empathy……contd : Empathy……contd Empathic listening skills Empathic nurses enhances patients’ confidence level Empathy…………….contd : Empathy…………….contd Empathy Vs Sympathy While empathy is essentially understanding someone’s feeling, Sympathy is sharing someone’s feeling especially in his sorrow or trouble Compassion : Compassion A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow For a person striken with a misfortune with a strong desire to alleviate the suffering 6.Carefulness/exactness : 6.Carefulness/exactness Cautiously attendive to prevent a potential injury harm or error Thorough or painstaking in action or execution 7.Communication skill : 7.Communication skill Ability to effectively send messages as clearly as possible to others. It also involves receiving communication sent by others without distortion An important tool for career success Different levels of communication 5.Good observation skill : 5.Good observation skill The act of closely watching carefully Observing patients, their behaviour Observing clinical symptoms or signs, vital signs Close watching and detailed examination are needed to facilitate diagnosis and treatment A story on observation : A story on observation A Medicine teacher was tutoring on ‘Observation’. He took out a jar of yellow liquid. “This”, he explained, is urine. To be a doctor, you have to be observant to colour, smell, sight, and taste.” Then he dipped his finger into the jar and put it into his mouth. His class watched on in amazement, most, in disgust. But being the good students that they were, the jar was passed, and one by one, they dipped one finger into the jar and tasted the liquid. After the last student was done, the lecturer shook his head. “If any of you had been observant, you would have noticed that I put my index finger into the jar and the third finger into my mouth. 8. Emotional intelligence : 8. Emotional intelligence Ability to perceive, assess and manage one’s own, others and group’s emotions It is often related to empathy and compassion 9. versatile ness/handiness : 9. versatile ness/handiness A visible ,moving and handy nurse A nurse that can accept change of responsibilities 10.A Smiling face : 10.A Smiling face ‘‘While there is life ,there is hope’’ Start your day with a smile Wear a smile and win a friend A Smile is a free gift It costs you nothing A Recent Statement by British health Secretary Mr. Alan Johnson : A Recent Statement by British health Secretary Mr. Alan Johnson ‘A hospital can have best surgeon in the world And may do the most terrific operation ; Yet the patient’s experience can be awful, when the level of compassion and care given is poor If the doctors and the nurses look grumpy, or if they behave rudely or if they are not available when needed then it ruins the whole experience ‘

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