Being a nurse can be a very challenging career choice. Those who choose to become nurses will find themselves working long hours with physical demands, and constantly caring for individuals on a daily basis. Although skilled nursing can be a very demanding career, one thing is true: there are fewer things more rewarding than devoting your life and career to serving others. Below we discuss five qualities that we think make a good nurse.

Emotional Balance

Nurses routinely provide care for people at difficult or stressful times in their lives. Nurses must be patient, empathetic, and caring. However, nurses must not let the daily stresses of work negatively affect their personal lives - and vice versa. This requires nurses to maintain a steady balance in their private and professional lives. This is a skill that takes both practice and dedication.

Good Judgment

Nurses are responsible for making important decisions involving the lives of others on a daily basis. Being successful in skilled nursing demands good judgment. This requires attention to detail and quick thinking. Not everyone is able to keep a cool head when problems occur, but nurses have to because the lives of others often depend on a nurse’s good judgement.

Good Communication Skills

Because nurses’ days are spent dealing with patients, it is important they have effective communication skills. However, communication is not just limited to patients - nurses converse with doctors, administration, social workers, nursing assistants and more on an everyday basis. They must learn how to convey important information in a clear and concise manner. Good oral and written communication skills are absolutely necessary in the nursing field.

Hard Working

A good work ethic is one of the most important factors for being a nurse, because to put it simply: nursing is hard. This type of work can be mentally and physically demanding, and nurses are expected to be on their feet for long periods of time. Walking, bending, lifting, and pulling can take a toll on the human body, and nurses must be in good physical shape.


One of the last but most important factors to possess is adaptability and flexibility. Nurses have to think on their feet at their job constantly and expect the unexpected. This is a profession where every single day you have to deal with people, illnesses, and diseases. There are no hard and fast rules about how things come at you; things just happen and you have to be able to deal with it and move on.

The truth of the matter is being a nurse is both mentally and physically trying... but it is one of the most interesting and inspiring fields an individual can choose.

Learn more about the skilled nursing at the Brian Center of Durham!

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