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You're a Good Fit: Associate Degree Nursing

  • Here’s what it takes to become a successful nurse:

    Natural Abilities And Characteristics Common To Success

    • Good math ability.
    • Good communications skills (is able to read, write and speak effectively; understand and follow written instructions; nursing requires a great deal of recordkeeping and verbal interaction with people)
    • Is a detail person.
    • Must be able to make quick, good decisions based on the use of good logic and analytical skills.
    • Must be able to work under stress.
    • Should be a person of character, honesty, and integrity.
    • Has the ability to work cooperatively as part of a team.
    • Abstract thinking, which is necessary to understand  concepts.
    • Believes that people are worthy of respect and dignity.

    Facts to Help You Decide on Nursing as a Career Choice

    • Nursing is a demanding career that requires dedicated, caring professionals.
    • Registered nurses make decisions that affect the quality of their patient’s lives.
    • Nursing is a wonderful, diverse career choice, and the need for nurses is great.
    • Registered nurses are required to calculate medication dosages, safe dose for weight, IV meds and solutions, and determine ratios for mixing some solutions.  This requires math and critical thinking skills.
    • New RNs report the five most important areas they use in their work: communication, pathophysiology, knowledge to perform skills, pharmacology, and clinical decision making.

    What Does A Nurse Do?

    • Makes decisions quickly.
    • Anticipates a patient’s needs.
    • Calculates safe dosages and accurate dosages of medication, IV rates, solutions.
    • Manages licensed and unlicensed personnel.
    • Provides care for patients without direct supervision.
    • Identifies changes in the patient’s condition and documents and communicates this to other health care providers.
    • Uses computer skills.
    • Performs specific procedures that require manual dexterity.
    • Develops a plan of care for the patient.
    • Provides patient care with respect for the individual and family.