What makes for a great nurse or a great nursing candidate for your team? Is there a typical ideal nurse personality? The answer depends on who is asked. Some hiring managers value punctuality and a process-oriented approach. Others look for enthusiasm and a team spirit. And let’s not leave out empathy, compassion, and the innate desire to help people feel better that is at the core of every good nurse’s work ethic.
Right now, nursing shortages mean that facilities are scrambling to get and keep good staff. Even so, bringing on the wrong person, someone who’s not a good skill or cultural fit, does more harm than good. Here are six key nurse personality traits that are often identified as essential for a good nursing career:
There are plenty more characteristics, of course, because nurses are just as diverse as the entities that employ them and the patients they provide care for every day. That being said, here’s a breakdown of these skill sets, and why they matter when hiring new nursing staff and assessing those already on board for training, continuing educational, and managerial opportunities.
Anyone who works in HR will say that there’s always a laundry list of qualifications for the prefect candidate, that “unicorn” who can do it all. Realistically, the goal is to find someone with the right attitude and skill set to be a good fit to the team and culture of a healthcare provider. By assessing some core attributes, you can go a long way toward identifying and onboarding that person.
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