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What Makes a Great Nurse

by South University
July 11, 2013

Nursing is an in-demand field that's expected to grow by 26% by 2020, as predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In this career, continuing your education with an advanced nursing degree can be the first step in going from good to great. Here are a few more ways to step up your game and ensure you are reaching your full potential as a nurse.

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Think Positive

Go to work with a smile on your face, even if you're having issues with your co-workers or in your personal life. By staying positive, you'll be more likely to enjoy what you do, and your colleagues and your patients will appreciate your upbeat disposition.

Be Flexible and Ready to Adapt

As you probably know, nursing may require you to work hours that aren't ideal or to pick up someone else's shift. On top of that, you may need to manage rapidly changing situations and come up with solutions quickly. If you handle these challenges well, management will likely take notice of your hard work, dedication and ability to adapt.

Don't Forget the Little Things

The little things matter whether you realize it or not, so make sure to follow your protocols and thoroughly read every patient's chart. By being more cautious and attentive, you'll enhance the level of care for your clients.

Take Care of Yourself

Although your job requires you to take care of others, you can't expect to provide optimal care if you're not in good health yourself. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep each day. While some people can function on less, you should try for at least seven hours of sleep. And, don't forget to make time to eat right and exercise, which can help keep your energy level up and improve your overall health.

Find a Mentor

Look for a mentor who is experienced, well-respected and knowledgeable. A mentor can give you career advice, help you with networking, and guide you through difficult professional situations.

Get to Know Your Healthcare Team

You'll need to communicate with doctors, managers and other nurses on a regular basis, so introduce yourself and learn their specialties. Knowing who to turn to in different situations will make your job easier. Plus, if management doesn't know you, you may be getting overlooked for promotions.

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