What do nurses do in their job?
Nurses roles involve looking after people in need. This is usually sick people in hospitals and can include children, the elderly, and those with mental and physical illnesses. The work can be very demanding and there is need for sensitivity, empathy, discretion, tact and diplomacy. Not all nurses work at hospitals and some work in the community or at doctors' surgeries. Some nurses also take up jobs abroad or work on a voluntary basis for organisations such as MSF.
The work can involve anything from changing bandages to helping families with bereavements. It therefore helps if you are a friendly and attentive listener. Also the role can sometimes involve things such as assisting patients with personal hygiene functions including washing, bathing and going to the toilet.
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
|•People skills||• Patience|
What other skills does a nurse need?
|• They need to be caring|
|• They should be organised|
|• They should be people-friendly|
|• They ought to be able to work to instructions|
|• They should be team players|
|• They should be familiar with the issues facing people in their care|
|• Ability to work flexible hours maybe required|
|• The ability to work weekends is often a requirement|
|• They should be able to work under pressure|
|• Enthusiastic||• Detail-focussed|
|• A degree is usually not usually required for entry positions but you may need one if you want to progress to certain roles|
|• A levels are desirable|
|• You should be prepared to undertake specialist/relevant training|
Jobs which overlap with that of a nurse include care assistant