Do I have the wrong personality to become a nurse?

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  • Do I have the wrong personality to become a nurse?


Answer #1 | 18/12 2013 15:06
Hint: Work at a fast food place as a cashier for 6 months. That will snap you right out of any shyness. Like getting a degree in talking to people. If you still can't cope, you know you are not ready to be a nurse and around people all day.
Answer #2 | 18/12 2013 16:35
You don't need to be the life of the party. You need to be able to get your job done with getting the patient the right information and getting the right information to the doctor. You can't be afraid to call people. You can't be afraid to stand up for yourself. For patients, if you are uncomfortable, find some pretty neutral subjects and let the patient talk abut himself. You'd be amazed what asking about grandkids, kids, pets, and even in-laws can do. Not only can it get the patient to relax, it also lets them talk about their favorite subjects. Obviously, don't get too personal, but "Do you have grandkids? How old? Where do they live?" is a great way to start a conversation and it usually gets the pt going.
Answer #3 | 21/12 2013 09:03
I'm guessing you are introverted? I don't think it will be a problem. You will have a lot of interactions with people though (nurses, techs, doctors maybe, patients of course...) so it's something you should keep in mind. You said you are approachable, so that's a good start. I think that as long as you are a positive person, you won't have any problems. You don't need to be super chatty or have amazing social skills. Seems a bit crazy, but I agree with the first answer. I don't know if you have any experience in retail, but it really helps if you are a shy person! If you don't want to experience working in a such place, maybe you can try to do some volunteering/charity work to overcome your shyness?

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