7 habits of highly successful nurses

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Given the current state of our economy, I’m pretty sure no one would mind some additional tips for success. Our nursing profession is not exempt. While there is this supposed “nursing shortage,” climbing the nursing corporate ladder is still challenging.

A successful nurse isn’t the one who is the most popular, the highest paid or even at the top of the decision-making tree. I believe a successful nurse is one who makes an impact on his or her patient’s care. A successful nurse accomplishes the goal shared by every nurse by advocating for patients when they need it the most. And such a nurse would never admit to being “successful,” because he or she is simply doing his or her job.

Here are seven habits that some of the most successful nurses posses:

They Pay Attention to Detail

They notice everything, down to the smallest detail. Everything from the overflowing trashcan in a patient’s room to the outdated IV tubing, all the way down to the error on their home medication list. Not only do they recognize the details, but they address them in the most timely manner. They leave nothing to chance.

They Don’t Take Shortcuts

Shortcuts are those dastardly things that reduce time spent by skipping steps. Most would admit that shortcuts are harmless and ultimately are for the good of the whole process, but the most successful nurses will not only never take a shortcut, but also they will be the first to correct another nurse’s. Patient safety cannot be ensured when any step is skipped. Period.

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