If you are a nurse, you have many capabilities that others do not have. Throughout your career and education, you have learned and experienced things that tell you that you are in the right career. Here are seventeen signs that you were definitely born to be a nurse:
1. You have a caring personality
Do you frequently ask your friends and co-workers if they are feeling OK? When you travel with friends and family, do you pack Band-aids and snacks for everyone? If someone gets hurt, do you feel an unwavering desire to help him or her? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you care about others. You worry about their well-being and comfort. This is an essential trait for any nurse since the job revolves around helping and caring for others.
2. Blood doesn’t freak you out
Many people get squeamish at the sight of blood, sometimes even if it’s their own. But not you. For you, blood is just part of life and nothing more; in fact, if anything, blood fascinates you. If this sounds like you, then it’s another sign that nursing may be the right career choice. Nurses, especially those who work in emergency rooms or surgical facilities, are exposed to a lot of blood.
3. You have good communication skills
A good nurse can communicate with anyone, whether on the job or off. You are a nurse if you can juggle communicating with a doctor, an irate family member, and a grumpy patient all in the same day.
4. The smallest details don’t escape you
You prefer an orderly arrangement in everything, and while others can just let a chore or task go, you must do it to perfection. Whether it’s washing dishes, organizing your nightstand, or preparing an assignment, details are of great importance to you. This is another sign that you could one day make a great nurse. Depending on the specialty, nurses may administer medication, take vitals, and interview patients. Paying close attention to the smallest details can mean life or death in a medical environment, so being detail-oriented is a must-have skill for nurses.
5. Multi-tasking is fun for you
You probably have multiple tabs and files open on your computer at this very moment. While others may like to do one task a time, you get bored if you don’t have 10 things going on at once. Because nurses typically have a number of patients at once and often respond to emergencies, they must be able to multi-task.
6. You are physically strong
You must be able to move heavy patients and push around heavy hospital beds without breaking a sweat. If this is you, then you can safely say that you are in the right career.
7. You have good thinking skills
Nursing isn’t a job for a stupid person. You must be smart, on the ball, and able to do calculations for drug mixing and plan a patient’s care plan without a struggle. If this is you, then you are in the right position.
8. You have a never-ending supply of energy
Are you always on the go and ready to do more? Nurses often work long or even double shifts. They may be called to work at any time of the day or night. And they must be sharp and alert at all times during their shift to ensure they are providing their patients with the best quality care, so having a lot of energy is extremely important.
9. You have empathy for others
A good nurse knows what their patients are feeling and can anticipate their needs. They have empathy for what their patients are going through and show empathy through competent and respectful care for their patients.
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10. You can handle excrement and urine
Nurses deal with bodily functions all day long. If you are a nurse, these things won’t bother you and you will be able to handle them without feeling squeamish or gagging at the sight of it.
11. You can sleep anywhere
Even super-energetic people have to recharge occasionally. If you are the type of person who can curl up on the bus, the couch, the floor ‒ or anywhere, really ‒ and fall asleep – then you are one step ahead when it comes to a nursing career.
12. You never know what to wear
If you don’t like having to decide what to wear every day, this too might be a sign that you should be a nurse. Instead of spending hours choosing an outfit every day, as a nurse, you can simply throw on some scrubs, and you are ready to go.
13. You can talk well with higher-ups
This can be intimidating, especially when talking to a surgeon or to your nursing supervisor. In order to be a good nurse, you need to be able to talk to these people without fear or trepidation. You are a good nurse if you handle yourself with the proper decorum with your higher-ups.
14. People like you
Are you the type of person who feels at ease around others and find people are often drawn to you? That magnetic personality is yet another sign you would make a great nurse. Taking care of patients is hard work and requires establishing a relationship with them easily and from the start. So, if you are naturally likable, the job is easier for you.
15. You are calm, maybe even too calm
While your family might sometimes think you come across as cold because you don’t react intensely to extreme situations, it’s a sign that you were born to be a nurse. Nurses experience plenty of high-stress and extreme situations during their day-to-day activities, so the ability to remain calm and emotionally mature and work well under pressure is an asset.
16. You can still laugh when things get tough
Having a good sense of humor is a good thing to do as a nurse. Things can get tough when a patient is very ill or death occurs, but if you can maintain a sense of the lighter things, you will do yourself and your patients a favor.
17. You have a good balance
Another sign that you would make a wonderful nurse is that you are able to achieve balance in your life. Nursing can be a stressful career that requires you to give it your all every day. There is no such thing as slacking off at work when you are a nurse, since you are, quite literally, helping to save lives. But you also need to be able to relax and take time for yourself to avoid burn-out.
Nursing is a tough but rewarding career. It pays well and carries the promise of career growth, but it isn’t for everyone. Nurses can immerse themselves in their new communities, try new things, meet new friends, and explore to their hearts’ content. If this sounds like you, maybe you’re born to be a nurse!
“To be successful, love yourself and be originally you. Discover what you were born to do and do it well.” – Israelmore Ayivor