Nurses are always quick to tell what they're not good at, what they didn’t manage to get done that day, or the myriad of ways they let their peers or patients down. Rarely does a nurse say, “You know what? Today I realized I’m a really good at something.” This is all about nursing strengths and to health care providers who often forget the value of what they do everyday.
But as you look across a nursing unit, there are no clones. Sure, all nurses on a unit have similar baseline skills- the skills needed to deliver safe patient care in their setting. But beyond that, there are always some who motivate patients with ease, and others who make great charge nurses persuading their peers to take time for lunch. Are you the sensitive nurse-teacher? Did you convince and help a shy student or orientee to try a new procedure?
What are your unique strengths as a nurse?
Give some thought to the question, “What am I good at?” Are you tapping into your strengths to improve patient care on your unit? Could you use your skills to make your unit a better place to work? Could you team up with others, with like or complementary strengths, to complete a project that needs to get done?
I’ve got a secret to share about job satisfaction: Celebrate what you’re good at, then figure out how to use that skill more often on the job.
Besides, this is all about great nurses like you! You have the best and good nursing strengths in caregiving.
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