Top five key skills and attributes for … becoming a nurse

The past year has been tough on the health industry, however it has highlighted the hard work and importance of nursing and the role of nurses in our lives. Maybe it has even inspired you to consider nursing as a career. Although the work can be very rewarding, it can also be emotionally and physically challenging.

A career in nursing is dynamic and exciting, with opportunities to work in a range of different roles. Apprenticeship choices available within the healthcare sector include nurse, district nurse and specialist community and public health nurse.

You’ll meet and work with people from a wide community, so need to work without any prejudice or discrimination, communicating effectively and with tact and compassion at all times.

Take a look at our top five tips to help you prepare for life as a nurse:

  1. Be resilient
    You will work on a shift pattern, sometimes long and unsocial hours and the work can be challenging, both emotionally and physically. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if things are getting too tough. Make time for the things you love and this will help you recharge and refocus.
  2. Keep on learning
    Don’t be afraid to show initiative and keep an interest in learning about new treatments, techniques and medications, to help you grow and improve in your career. Keep asking questions and be willing to observe and identify ways for possible improvement.
  3. Maintain a sense of humour
    During your shift work you’ll find yourself dealing with a variety of patients and personalities and it is important you remain professional and caring at all times. The key to help manage tough situations is to maintain a sense of humour, keeping a smile through the day will help both you and your patients.
  4. Be a team player
    Get to know your team and be there for them during both difficult or rewarding situations. Working together will enable more successful shifts and working patterns.
  5. Be professional
    People are often at their worst when they or their family are suffering, so try not to take any verbal abuse personally. You’ll need to stay professional and supportive in difficult times.


For more information on apprenticeships within the police force, take a look at nurse, district nurse and specialist community and public health nurse apprenticeships within the industry sector Health and wellbeing.


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