Is Nursing School for You?
Going to nursing school can lead to a very rewarding career, especially if you have relevant interests and personal traits. Curious to see if this is the right educational move for you? Take this self-assessment test to see if nursing school is right for you:
|Do you have excellent listening and communication skills?||Yes or No|
|Do you have a high tolerance for stress?||Yes or No|
|Are you empathetic?||Yes or No|
|Do you mind working non-traditional hours?||Yes or No|
|Are you detail-oriented?||Yes or No|
|Do you have stamina?||Yes or No|
|Do you have an aptitude for science?||Yes or No|
|Are you adaptable?||Yes or No|
|Is caring for other people important to you?||Yes or No|
|Are you comfortable in a teaching role?||Yes or No|
|Do you have a strong work ethic?||Yes or No|
Understand Your Answers
Do you have excellent listening and communication skills?
As a nursing student, and as a professional nurse, it will be critical that you listen carefully to doctors and instructors, follow instructions regarding care, and communicate effectively with patients and their families.
Do you have a high tolerance for stress?
The ability to remain calm under pressure is important given that, on any given shift, a nurse or nursing student may face medical emergencies, disruptive patients and families, or the death of a patient.
Are you empathetic?
To be a good patient advocate, nurses must have empathy for the feelings, fears, concerns and needs of both patients and their families.
Do you mind working non-traditional hours?
Patients need care 24/7, so nurses may be required to work long hours and overnight shifts.
Are you detail-oriented?
Nurses need to pay careful attention to detail when it comes to keeping patient records, relaying patient symptoms to doctors, and following instructions for medication and other patient care.
Do you have stamina?
Nurses spend most shifts on their feet, sometimes having to lift patients or push heavy equipment.
Do you have an aptitude for science?
Many required courses in nursing school focus on the sciences, including chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and pharmacology.
Are you adaptable?
Patient illnesses and behaviors are unpredictable, so you'll need to be comfortable entering each shift expecting the unexpected.
Is caring for other people important to you?
While you receive academic and clinical training in nursing school, genuine care for others is an important quality of good nurses that can't be taught in any class.
Are you comfortable in a teaching role?
When you become a nurse, educating patients regarding their illnesses and care will be one of your regular responsibilities.
Do you have a strong work ethic?
As a nursing student, you will need dedication to your learning and a strong work ethic to successfully juggle the required clinical work along with your academic courses.
Assess Your Next Step
If you answered 'yes' to most of the quiz questions, congratulations, you are a strong candidate for a future in nursing! You'll first need to decide what type of nurse you'd like to be, and what educational program best prepares you to achieve that goal. Upon graduation, you can expect many employment opportunities, as jobs for registered nurses are expected to grow 16% - a much higher rate than other fields - from 2014-2024.