5 Practical Skills for advancing up the Nursing Career
Though a course or a degree program in nursing can teach you a lot, there are certain soft and hard skills that you will need to master too.
It is these skills that will help make you a great nurse rather than just a good nurse, and all of these add up to make up the bitter-sweet moment that only the nursing profession can promise.
Though we hear of several skills such as compassion, communication, listening skills, etc. that nurses must have, there are various other skills that are not talked about a lot but are still quite essential.
A lot is expected from nurses today and they need to go the extra mile through some unconventional skills, such as cross-cultural compatibility, to be successful in the profession, said a registered nurse at a renowned hospital in Illinois.
Read on to see what are those skills and how many of those do you possess.
1. Cross-Cultural Competency
There are patients from many different places belonging to many different cultures at hospitals today and nurses need to learn to be perceptive and respectful towards all cultures. For this, they need to learn about and be open and accepting of the practices in different cultures to be able to respect their patients.
Many nursing programs are therefore offering foreign language courses to nurses which you must avail if it is being offered by your college too. “It’s surprising that the majority of my patients are Asians and I’ve come to learn so much from them,” said a registered nurse.
2. Nursing Informatics and Information Technology
Technology finds its way into most fields today and healthcare is no different. There are evolved ways of documenting patient records and taking vital signs and updating a patient’s progress on a structured tech-based system. Thus, being well-versed with using computers and smartphones is an essential these days, and if you know the fine areas of nursing informatics too – such as creative ways of communicating with patients through technological means – you will be quite in demand in the job market.
Nurses are dealing very closely with patients who place a lot of trust in the nurse as well as the institution that they represent. That’s why patient privacy is a key issue that nurses must be aware of and respect it too. They should learn to be handle all confidential information about patients carefully, as failure to do so can lead to legal complications as patient privacy is protected by privacy laws.
4. A Continuous Drive to Learn
Nurses need to be eager to learn and keep their knowledge about the field updated. This requires a strong dedication to pursue continuing education courses, take up training programs, read nursing journals and go through recent literature, assess and help with nursing research, etc. Only with such a drive to learn can one climb up the career ladder and take up leadership roles in the nursing profession.
A registered nurse has multiple roles to perform. He/she is a care plan designer, care coordinator and a quality controller.
“To protect the patient, the RN must become a delegator and supervisor more than a performer of care,” said Violette Alice Ruff in her master’s thesis with St. Catherine University.
That means that a nurse today is a leader more than just a passive care giver, and to be able to that effectively, the art of balanced delegation is essential. You can’t do it all on your own and as a nurse you should be able to delegate tasks to assistive personnel.
With these skills in nursing, you can be sure to reach the zenith of a career in nursing. You can become a nurse leader, a researcher, or lead a team of registered nurses with years of experience and these right skills.