The Ultimate Recipe for Making YOU a Great Nurse

The Recipe for a Great Nurse

Nursing is clearly not a path for everyone and the recipe for being a successful nurse extends much further than just donning the apron of care. The recipe for success hinges on human relationships, is inherent in professional nursing practice, and influenced by the personality traits of the nurse. Here’s the 10 step recipe for a great nurse:
Preparation Time:
Allow for at least 3 years!
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1. Well Organised
2. Displays Professionalism
3. Compassion
4. Good Communication skills
5. Empathy
6. Flexibility
7. Good Interpersonal Skills
8. Physical and Mental Endurance
9. Dedication
10. Patience

Baking Time:

Indefinite, like fine wine, nurses get better with age.
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1. Well Organised

Nurses are required to perform a multitude of tasks and must schedule and prioritise these effectively. Organisation is paramount to being a great nurse.

2. Professionalism

The recipe for a great nurse demands professionalism no matter what. No matter how arrogant the doctor whose mistakes you rectify and no matter how difficult the patient and their family, exhibit professionalism at all times.


Once ready…


3. Take a Large Dollop of Compassion and Carefully Pour Into a Mixing Bowl.

Compassion, is the desire to help someone in need and is one of the basic ingredients of nursing. Despite bureaucratic red tape, long shifts and poor working conditions, good nurses practise because of their desire to help those who are suffering.

(But be prepared for the occasional bout of compassion fatigue; it happens to the greatest of nurses. Click here, to learn how to recognise the symptoms and deal with it efficiently).


4. Add a Full Heap of Good Communication Skills

Communication skills are important in most careers but for nurses, it is one of the most important aspects of the job. A great nurse must have excellent communication skills. They must be able to easily switch from the professional jargon used to speak with fellow colleagues to being able to simply explain concepts to patients and carers. They must be able to listen to the needs of those they care for and then listen to and follow directions.

Great nurses must also make sure that their patients’ needs are communicated and are clearly understood by everyone else.


5. Fold in the Zest of Empathy

Great nurses have empathy for the pain and suffering of patients. They are able to feel compassion and provide comfort.

Patients often look to nurses as their advocates. Being sympathetic to the patient’s hospital experience can go a long way in terms of improving patient care. Sometimes, an empathetic nurse is all patients have to look forward to.


6. Making the Dough of Flexibility

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The dough of a great nurse has to be kneaded to a perfect consistency of flexibility and is rolled for long periods of working beyond your normal hours, overtime, late or overnight shifts, weekends and holidays.


7. The Dough is Then Held Together by Carefully Whisking in Interpersonal skills.

Nurses in addition to their other roles, form the link between doctors and patients. A great nurse has excellent interpersonal skills and works well in a variety of situations with different people. They work well with other nurses, doctors, and other members of the staff. Nurses truly are the glue that holds a hospital, a care team and patients together. Patients often see nurses as the friendly face of care and doctors depend on nurses to keep healthcare ticking over.

Now place the dough into “The Nursing Mould”.


8. The Nursing Mould Must be Capable of Extreme Physical and Mental Endurance

Nurses must be able to withstand and cope with frequent physical tasks, standing for long periods of time, lifting heavy objects (or people), running around as if in training for a marathon. performing a number of taxing deft manoeuvres and dodging punches and abuse on a daily basis.


9. Dedication is Required to Perfect the Recipe.

Nursing requires extreme dedication, you are in it for the right reasons and there’s certainly no floury rate of pay and even though you end up working for crumbs, it is your dedication that keeps you going.

Place the mould into oven and…..


10. Develop Patience

Dealing with patients, carers and other medical colleagues can often be a taxing job and calls for the utmost patience to complete this recipe for what makes a great nurse.

So there you have it, the recipe for a great nurse. A great nurse must possess a personality that balances the needs of patients and doctors as seamlessly as possible.

You nurse, truly are the glue that holds the fabric of healthcare together. So please share this recipe…