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What are some tell-tale signs someone isn't cut out for being a nurse?

December 6th, 2021

When that person does not care anymore of makes no effort to get to know the patient.

July 20th, 2021

Lack of empathy and or being grossed out by a code brown that fills the bed

July 20th, 2021

When short-staffed they refuse to stoop down to doing nurse aide work

July 14th, 2021

I teach nursing and I occasionally see a student who I can just sort of tell isn't cut out to be a nurse. Here are a few things I look for:

-reluctance to be involved in lab. You won't learn if you aren't willing to actually DO it.

-constant reliance on “the plan". It's good to have a plan. But you need to be able to recognize when the plan might need to be changed.

-difficulty with talking to people. Yes, you DO have to talk to strangers. Yes, you DO have to ask THOSE kinds of questions.

-need to have their instructor verifying their actions constantly. There are times when you absolutely do need your instructor. But they don't need to monitor every single thing you do.

Basically, you just get a “vibe" off them. Nursing means that you have to ask embarrassing questions, you have to be comfortable touching people's bodies and occasionally causing some discomfort, and you have to use your critical thinking skills. If a student isn't prepared to do that, nursing may not be for them.