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Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a good nurse?

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You’re clinically competent. You know your drugs, diseases and diagnoses. But do you really have what it takes to be a good nurse?

According to Jo, RN, the best nurses know how to stand their ground as well. Take a crack at these questions to see how you rate.


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You haven’t eaten since breakfast this morning at 6am, the cafeteria closes in ten minutes, and you are about to run to lunch but decide to check in on your patients prior to your departure. You find your ten-year old cancer patient who has been left by himself all day crying in his bed because he is lonely. Would you:




You walk in to your patient’s room at 6:55pm to say goodbye for the night just to notice that while he and his family are enjoying their dinner he has spilled some of his drink on his gown and it has soaked through to his central line dressing. Would you:





It's the middle of the night shift and you notice that your vital signs haven’t been documented yet by the Patient Care Tech that is assigned to your patients. You walk past the nurses station down a hallway and find the PCT sleeping at a desk between two patient rooms. Would you:




While finishing up charting prior to leaving your shift for the day, you notice that there is a medication that was left uncharted from noon. Crap! It was the one time dose of Lasix discussed in rounds this morning when the patient was having poor urine output that you never wrote down. Would you:




You hear yelling coming from one of your patient rooms. You enter the room to find the mother standing naked in the bathroom doorway, the father yelling profanities at her, the six-year-old patient sleeping, and the two-year old sibling sitting in the middle of the floor crying. Would you:




One of your patients that you have become very attached to passes away and you are scheduled to work the day of the funeral service. Would you:





You are in a code situation and the code seems to be running smoothly until you notice the new respiratory therapist not bagging the patient effectively. You become quite concerned about the oxygenation of the patient. Would you:




While acting as primary nurse for a child that has been hospitalized for nearly a month, the day of discharge arrives and the single father with whom you’ve developed an excellent rapport with asks to have your phone number so he can thank you for everything you did for his daughter. Would you:




As the resource nurse for the day you find yourself being asked to do menial task after menial task by a reputably lazy coworker as she sits at the desk, eats breakfast, and gossips about the weekend’s big happenings. Would you:




You begin to notice that day after day the new male nurse on the floor consistently gets the best assignments when a certain young female nurse is in charge. Would you:






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Nicole Lehr

Nicole Lehr is a pediatric nurse. She can be described in three adjectives: content, thankful and fortunate. All credit for the aforementioned description can be given to the love she has for her profession as an RN. She graduated from University of Florida with her Bachelor’s in Nursing and moved to Atlanta to work at the Cardiac Stepdown Unit at Children’s — her dream job.
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9 Responses to Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a good nurse?

  1. cindi

    I am an RN of 37 years and I just love these fun litle quizzes. I can tell that who ever puts these together still enjoys nursing as much as I do. I am a PACU nurse and it is the greatest place to work. Plus it helps that I work with fabulous people.

  2. Crystal

    I have been an LPN for 11 years, and I enjoy these quizzes.

  3. Michael

    I am thinking of becoming a nurse. This quiz helps me see if it is the right thing for me to do.

  4. Suuk Gregory Kantim

    Am a nursing student who looks forward to being great Nurse. All views, ideas and necessary assistance are welcome.

  5. Kwalpaws APN

    30 years nursing 28 RN 2 LPN prior! Love doing these quizzes!

  6. ltone317

    interesting quiz, thanks! but question 7 makes so many assumptions, as does its explanation. it assumes the nurse is a woman. it assumes she and the single father are both heterosexual. let’s not exclude those in our profession who don’t fit into those categories.

    • Scrubs Staff Scrubs Blogger

      Great point, ltone317–thanks so much for bringing it up.

  7. Hi Nicole Lehr
    Thanks for sharing this interesting quiz. Many nurses will learn something new after reaging this one.

  8. dondi2735

    I disagree with one of the answers on this quiz that the site has determined that I answered incorrectly. The question about the young cancer patient. While it seems like a great idea to pack that patient up and take him with you to lunch that is actually a very poor choice seeing as how this is a young cancer patient and does not need to be exposed to the germs that he/she would be exposed to while going on such an outing.