Have you wondered what a career as a practical nurse is really like? There’s more to being a nurse than taking vital signs or giving medications. To be successful as a practical nurse, you need both concrete and soft skills. These soft skills will help you successfully navigate your everyday life as a practical nurse:
- Compassion for Others
When a patients’ health is at stake, emotions can run high. Your ability to relate to patients, their families, and your colleagues will help others cope with high stress situations. If you can understand and sympathize with how patients feel, then you can better help them. This passion and dedication can help you in all other aspects of workload, including both your clinical and administrative tasks.
- Good Communication
As a practical nurse, you might serve as the liaison between patients and other staff. That’s why clear written and verbal communication is the key to your success. Be open and honest with patients and other healthcare professionals to avoid confusion and provide quality care.
Whether you’re working in a physician’s office, nursing care facility, or hospital, unexpected emergencies can arise. Roll with it! Have a backup plan in place and put your problem solving skills into action.
Your mindset can have a profound impact on others. Your positive attitude can go a long way. It’s even infectious! Tackle the good and the bad with a smile! Your positivity can have a very real impact on your own attitude and the attitude of others around you.
Do you want to have the full range of skills needed to become a practical nurse
? Porter and Chester Institute can provide you with the right career training to prepare you for a real world workplace. You’ll learn how to interact with patients, doctors, and medical staff with professionalism. You’ll spend time in the classroom, in the lab, and in clinical settings that’ll give you the hands-on experience you need to achieve success. Learn more about how to become a practical nurse with this infographic