The Psychology of a Nurse

Jena Hintze on Jan 5, 2017 4:05:52 PM


Do you remember those career aptitude tests you took in high school? The one that said you were meant to be a librarian or a counselor…not the movie star like you always imagined? We think those are great, but as you grow out of the indecisive teenage years into the still indecisive, but more urgent decision making years of adulthood, sometimes you want a little more information. Rather than categorize your future for you, we’ve outlined the psychology of a nurse, the traits that help someone thrive in this position. Then, if you’ve been curious if you would look good in a pair of scrubs, you can make an educated decision on your future…for yourself.

Communication Skills

First and foremost, nurses have to be able to communicate with and understand others well. They deal with a lot of different people who need a variety of things from them and may not always be able to communicate their needs. The doctor they’re working with will need the nurse’s assistance with the patient’s care; the families need reassurance and clear explanation of what’s going on with their loved one; and the patients are counting on their nurse to listen and act on their needs.


One of the best things about being a nurse is that every day there will bring something new. There is always a new patient, a new problem to solve, or a new shift to cover. Rolling with the punches and adapting to an ever-changing career field is a key ingredient for a successful nurse. There is also a continuing education expectation to be met so if you have a love for learning you will thrive in this position.

Attention to Detail

Patience and a watchful eye are crucial aspects of nursing. When it is literally life and death, the number of pills given to a patient cannot be miscounted. Clocks must be watched carefully to be sure check-ins are done promptly. Charts must be scrutinized to ensure accuracy. The well-organized and efficient individual will excel in this role.

Physical Endurance

One thing is certain about a nursing position…it’s not a desk job. From standing for hours assisting in procedures to helping patients walk the halls to regain mobility, a nurse is always on the move and rarely still. The fitness enthusiast will be happy in a position such as this that requires so much physicality.

Compassion and Empathy

Oftentimes, people in the nursing industry feel drawn to the work. The care of the helpless stirs something in their hearts and their compassion takes over. Nursing is a demanding position that engages you emotionally as plans and caring attentiveness for patients’ care do not always result in a happy ending. But seeing the difference that you make when the outcome is successful is rewarding ten-fold. If you feel strongly for others and are quick to offer a helping hand, a profession in nursing will be most fulfilling for you.

Stats and Figures

Among the many abstract benefits of becoming a nurse, the compensation is excellent. According to a 2015 study a nurse makes an average of $67,000 every year. The industry is expected to grow by 19% by 2022 and there is a fair amount of flexibility with scheduling as most companies and hospitals that hire nurses are open 24/7. Certified Nursing Assistants, the prerequisite training for our LPN and RN programs, average $12.36/hour in Southeastern Idaho and you get started on an exceptional career path.

Now you know the traits of a nurse. If you’re thinking this could be the right career for you, we’ve got the best way to get started. The Certified Nursing Assistant program at Idaho State University is 12-16 weeks long and the course fee is only $600. With our payment plan options, you could get started as soon as next week. It’s the perfect way to test the waters and see if this is the path for you. Plus, it funnels into the LPN, ADRN, and BSRN programs. Click here to be taken to our registration page to learn even more about this exciting and growing career!


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