Academics Home | Academics | Associate of Nursing | You're a Good Fit Because 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.