Entering the Workforce in Nursing

Many student nurses graduate each year. However, only a few nurses enter the nursing profession and adjust in a clinical setup. One of the reasons behind the decrease in the nursing workforce is the difference in their professional lives. Most of the nurses who enter the workforce, after some time, get demotivated or burned out due to under-staffing, heavy workload, depression, patient sufferings, and work-life imbalance.

Nursing is a profession that needs passion and a strong mindset, along with education and clinical skills. Students or new graduates who are starting to build a successful nursing career should possess abilities to survive in the professional environment, and must be able to meet the requirements of the job at any career juncture. Along with academic qualifications, good nurses must also demonstrate intangible skills and develop qualities which will help them to adjust in the clinical setting like having an ability to multitask, developing empathy, and critical approach.

Below are the top qualities students nurses must possess to excel in the healthcare field:

  1. Nurses entering the clinical setup should develop critical thinking or critical reasoning. They should have the ability to think outside the box, assess and evaluate a whole scenario, and adapt to changing circumstances. Along with professional competency, nurses should have the ability to make quick decisions in stressful situations.
  2. Nurses should have interpersonal communication skills as their performance greatly depends on how they interact with patients, seek the right information, and serve as an advocate of the patient before the physician. Good communication skills help nurses to make effective and informed decisions or judgments about certain situations.
  3. Nurses should always be confident and optimistic. They must know how and when to apply the clinical lessons and experience they have learned at their schools. In nursing, an assertive attitude and enthusiasm to utilize their specialties drive nurses to do well in their job. Skilled nurses also can motivate and inspire others to believe in themselves as well.
  4. Nurses should develop leadership competencies. Nurses have to frequently interact with patients and their families to guide them and update them about the current situation. Therefore, they should have excellent management skills to cope with conflicts, unexpected situations, and prepare themselves for the worst scenarios.
  5. Nurses are required to work as a team. For patients to receive the best healthcare possible, nurses must communicate with relevant professionals about their patients’ treatment plans while also understanding the role of each assigned team member from different specialties. Effective teamwork is crucial to facilitating effective communication and promoting positive patient outcomes.
  6. Nurses must be passionate about their profession and should acknowledge their role and its importance. They must not take their job for granted or consider it as a source of livelihood. They should provide relation-based care to their patients and should interact with them with affection and care so that patients can share their needs with them, and feel comfortable and safe under their care.

A career in nursing is very demanding but can also be very rewarding. Besides having all the qualities of a good nurse listed above, student or graduate nurses should also determine whether they can handle working in a high-stress environment where they must balance providing compassionate care with making difficult decisions swiftly.

If you possess a strong desire to help others and make a difference in people’s lives, then entering the workforce in nursing is an ideal choice for you.


A Guide to Repositioning the Nursing Profession for a Post COVID Era

As part of her contributions towards strengthening the nursing workforce, Tonika Bruce, a registered nurse, and best-selling author, gives a detailed overview of how to reposition the nursing profession for a post-COVID era. 

The strength of nurses lies in their vital role in patient care, advances in nursing technologies, and feasibility of resources but there are a few implications for them.