They’re so stupidly simple that you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner

There’s an age-old pseudo-argument that nurses are born, not made.

That the best nurses were born to be caregivers and that it’s something in their blood.

I call bullturds.

A nurse can absolutely be made. You need to understand the different characteristics of what it takes to be a great one, though. These characteristics can be nurtured and worked on to grow into a successful nurse, whether you knew from birth or were looking for a great career.

But if you’re a doubter or simply curious, never fear.

Below are the twelve characteristics you need to be a successful nurse and travel nurse.

You gotta be goal-driven and hungry

Whether it’s getting into nursing school or winning that promotion at work, we’re always competing for something. And if you’re not, then nursing is probably not for you.

Competition is a natural part of being human and requires a goal-orientated mindset to power through and overcome them. Without goals in your career and life, for that matter, you will likely miss out on essential opportunities for engaging, winning and excelling.

You gotta be energetic and focused

Nursing is challenging, no matter how you slice it.

This means you need to have a lot of energy and focus on getting it done — especially when you don’t feel like you. Having focus ensures you stay organized and on track to meet your goals and deadlines and deliver superior patient care.

Having energy means you’ll be able to power through in the moments you need an extra push, especially in long shifts.

You gotta be self-motivated and confident

Aren’t these two things you need for most successes in life?

I mean, seriously.

Nursing isn’t always unicorns and rainbows. However, you need to push through and work even while uncomfortable to be successful. You can’t expect results if you constantly push off getting stuff done.

Self-confidence can make it easier to motivate yourself, too, as you know you are the best one for the job and how badly you want to get it done.

You gotta have passion and determination

Contrary to modern myths, passion alone isn’t enough.

Being determined isn’t enough for success either.

But the combo of the two will create within you an unbeatable drive.

Passion and determination make it easy to fight through the feelings of demotivation. You know, those times where you want to slow down or quit. It also helps you get back on track when you experience a setback, a natural part of our profession.

You gotta be a creative and strategic problem solver

You’ve heard the saying about “thinking out of the box,” right?

Well, the best nurses know that there is no box.

Yeah. No box.

That’s creativity at its finest.

Creativity and having proper problem-solving skills are required to provide value to your unit and patients. The most successful nurses understand that if they don’t cannot problem solve and think on the fly, then it may be time for a change.

You gotta be independent and optimistic

Glass half full or glass half empty.

Just remember that the optimistic ones always, and I mean always, see it as half full. Combine that with independence, and you’ll find that you’re the one who will fill that glass up when it’s empty. 

You won’t wait for someone to do it for you.

The final word

So, suppose you want to be a successful nurse. In that case, it’s essential that you have most, if not all, of these twelve characteristics.

While some may come easier to you than others, don’t give up. These traits can be nurtured and worked on over time with the right mindset and practice.

Keep pushing forward and always remember why you’re doing this in the first place.

Are you a travel nurse looking for your next travel assignment? Are you a staff nurse interested in trying out travel nursing?

Visit Bestica Healthcare and start planning your next assignment today.


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