Nursing is defined as “as an application of scientific knowledge enhanced by artful practice in a socially responsible manner.” (Gregory 5). Nurses provide leadership as members of interdisciplinary teams, provide client centered care to promote health, prevent disease, and restore and maintain client integrity throughout the life span. (Krannich 71). This makes it one of the most interesting professions, in my opinion.
General Qualifications for becoming a nurse, according to Regina Ranburn, include: “Compassion, caring for others, selflessness, love for humanity, and desire to help others” (1). These qualities are vital to a career in nursing because most fields require direct patient care. Dealing with patients one-on-one every day requires compassion and caring for those who need healing. Selflessness meaning putting someone else’s needs above your own and that is exactly what nursing is all about. People put their trust in you to help them in a way they do not know how to do. Love for humanity and a desire to help others comes from having compassion and selflessness. All of the characteristics listed above go hand-in-hand to have a successful career.
Theresa Derringer, also a nurse at County General Hospital, replied that “patience, good assessment skills, a calm personality, and a ‘cast-iron stomach’ “are characteristics essential to those wanting to become a nurse (1). Patience and calmness are huge in nursing because there are many people you come in contact with during the day. Michael Gregory interviewed a nurse of ten years who said “Nurses complain…a lot!” (9). By this one nurse’s reply, it can be assumed that you will need an ample amount of patience. Also, working well with others shows good character qualities for advancement in the future and retaining your current job.
Assessment skills are vital to trauma situations such as critical burns, electrical shocks, traumatic motor vehicle accidents, chemical exposure, explosions, structure collapse, workplace machinery incidents, or natural disaster. A “cast-iron stomach” is essential because of the previous trauma situations. This is where good assessment skills are very crucial. Being in the Emergency Room, especially, the ability to access a situation and act quickly is vital to the patient’s survival rate.
In order to acquire a degree in nursing, the steps required are having a high school diploma and some form of formal education post high school. There are three different paths available: a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), or a hospital diploma of nursing (Krannich 72). A BSN program includes four years in college with the curriculum consisting of “assessment, disease management, decision making, health promotion and prevention, health care technology and policy, research, quality assurance, leadership, and management.” (Gregory 5). You are also required to complete clinical training, meaning working in a...