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4 Habits of Highly Successful Nurses

Working as a nurse can be rewarding, but it can also be a challenge. If you want to be successful, you need to have the right knowledge and skills – but you also need to adopt the right habits.

Here are four habits of highly successful nurses...

1. Staying Informed

We’re constantly learning new things about the human body and how to better our healthcare system. As a nurse, who spends a great deal of time with patients, it is important to stay up to date on the latest developments in the nursing field.

Nurses who fail to stay informed and are unwilling to change their practices may endanger the lives of their patients.

Read your hospital unit’s newsletters, join your local nursing association, and stay on top of the latest news in the nursing field. Keep your mind open to new ideas and input that may benefit your career and improve the care you give to patients.

2. Staying Organized

Organization is crucial to the nursing world. You’re dealing with several patients, and your mile-long to-do list is constantly changing. It’s easy to become disorganized and overwhelmed when you have so much on your plate at all times.

A great nurse is always thinking three steps ahead of what she’s doing right now.

Create an organizational system that works for you. Plan out your day as best you can and use a checklist to ensure that you get everything done. Make sure you’re ready for the unexpected, too. Always have extra pairs of pants and tops in your car so that you can change if your scrubs become contaminated.

If you’re organized and prepared, you’ll have an easier time getting through your days with minimal stress and your patient care will improve.

3. Putting Safety First

Safety should always be your top priority as a nurse. Never forget the safety basics you learned in nursing school, like scrubbing the hub and wearing gloves. These simple practices will protect you and your patients from harm.

Eventually, those safety basics will become second nature, and you’ll maintain them even when you’re stressed or busy.

While you may be tempted, never cut corners. Safety measures are put in place for very good reasons. If you skip a step, you could literally be putting your patient’s life at risk.

It may take time to perform the five rights of medication administration or to maintain sterility, but skipping these steps could have disastrous consequences for everyone. Allergic reaction, overdose, infection and sepsis are just a few of the many possible negative outcomes.

If you want to protect your license and your patients, never cut any corners.

4. Practicing Patience

Patience will get you a long way as a nurse. Yes, it’s challenging to be patient, especially as a nurse. You’ll face many challenges during your workday, and you’ll deal with many different personality types – some of which can be difficult to deal with. Nurses have to deal with belligerent patients and upset families on a regular basis.

Staying calm and patient will help you diffuse these situations and prevent them from escalating into a serious issue.

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