Image Matters: Knock Their Socks Off with Your Amazing Nursing Skills
Hello fellow nurses!
What does your image say about you?
When you greet patients, do you come in with a smile....every time?
It's hard always to keep up a cheerful demeanor when you're on that last round of the day, and some patients are not so cooperative, right? But as nurses, we still have to maintain a pleasant disposition.
Because we are our profession!
People don't think of nurses as a "nurse at work" but as a regular person everywhere else. They think of us as a nurse always.
That's right. Those of us who work in the nursing field understand how much our attitude reflects on what we do and portrays
an image that affects the people we work with. This includes our behavior outside of our workplace.
People expect us to be cheerful because we are in a field that requires it!
Still, it's challenging to maintain that positive outlook all of the time.
Below are a few reminders and tips that might help you keep on track as you make your rounds and try to keep your image positive and professional at all times.
Remind yourself why you got into your profession in the first place. Most of us got into nursing because we love helping people and making them feel better. That's not just about dispensing medications, either. How we treat patients reflects on our inner spirit and the good that is inside us. It radiates out to patients and staff and helps everyone adopt a more pleasing attitude.
Think of yourself as the patient. Consider the last time you were in the hospital or had to get medical treatment. It's sometimes a scary thing to go through. So remind yourself of how you would want the nursing staff to act toward you if you were on the other side of the clipboard.
Consider your career goals. Think about what you hope to do with your nursing degree and what you see yourself doing in the next five years. Is the image you are developing for yourself as an R.N. the image that a hospital would want to see that you wish to work with? Are there things you could do to improve your image?
Go the extra mile. One of the best things about nurses is that they tend to want to go the extra mile to help people feel more comfortable or to ease their pain. This is the kind of image you want to portray when working on your own image. If you are seen as an R.N. who cares enough to do more than you are paid to do, you will go a long way in your career and people will appreciate you for it.
It's the right thing to do. Nurses have great ethics. Being nice is just one of those ethics. The image people have of your work, whether you take your work seriously or not, take time to talk to a lonely patient, and do extra things to help, will all become a part of your reputation as a nurse. But remember the main reason you are doing it is because it's the right thing to do to be kind to others and to spread joy wherever you can.
Sure, we get tired during the day. People make demands on us that are sometimes almost impossible to fufill.
But we do it with a smile because it's what we do best!
So the next time you are tempted to just let it all hang out, remember that your image as a nurse will follow you wherever you go and people never forget what you did to make them feel better in the long run.
Being a nurse isn't easy. But the challenge is part of the fun.
So keep smiling and get to work!