Graduation Season has arrived!

Posted by MANS Membership Chair on May 8, 2016 at 6:05 PM

     As the Spring semester comes to an end, the next group of graduate nurses is preparing for pinning, and yours truly is among them! While the excitement, fear, anticipation, and all out joy of finally finishing nursing school is more than I can bear at times, it also reminds me that soon I will be like one of those nurses that I have worked alongside as a student. As I look back over the last several years of school, and all my interactions with nurses of all levels, from instructors to charge nurses, nurses I’ve socialized with and randomly met, to nurses I’ve worked with on the floor as an extern, I realized there were a number of similar qualities in the nurses who have been positive role models in my journey. I thought long and hard about those qualities this week as we begin our practicum, primarily because I want to emulate those qualities as a nurse. So I would like to share what I have observed as the qualities of positive nurse role models:


- Nurses who truly love what they do emulate positive vibes to all those around them. Find this nurse on your unit, or in your practice, and make them your new best friend. You’ll be grateful you did, because they will be one of the reasons you come to work.

- Nurses that do things the correct way, even when no one is looking, are the ones you want to learn from. They set the bar high for themselves, and are highly respected by others. Stay close to these nurses and make them your go to person to learn new skills from.

- Nurses who remember they were students, and want to help students understand the how and why, are the leaders of tomorrow. They understand learning never ends, no matter how long they’ve been a nurse.

- Nurses who have no tolerance for lateral violence are the nurses to align with on your unit/facility. They stand up to those who mistreat other nurses, without considering the repercussions. They are the strong nurses who will stand behind you and inspire a positive work environment.

- Nurses who reach out to help, before anyone asks, are the proactive people that everyone appreciates and looks forward to working with. They are kind, caring, compassionate people who are the example of what the world expects a nurse to be.

- Nurses who push you to do more, and to do things better, will help make you a better nurse. It may not seem like it at the time, but it’s always true.

- Nurses who maintain a positive attitude and adapt to the changing dynamics of the shift, are the ones to work with as much as possible. They will be your reminder of what nursing is meant to be.


     This of course is not an all-inclusive list, just some things I have observed along the way. As I embark into my nursing practice, I hope to use what I have learned from these nurses, and apply it in my own way. Each time I go to work as an extern on the oncology in-patient unit of the hospital in my community, I remember to check my attitude at the door. No matter what has happened in my life, I remember that the patients I am taking care of have their own issues and do not need to hear mine. As a result, I find that having that positive attitude every time I walk through the door has been therapeutic for me also.


     There are so many ways to be a positive influence, to make a difference, and like our annual convention indicated, to lead. So when you begin your nursing career, make sure that you get involved with your facility, your unit, state nursing association, specialty association, legislative association, or community at large, and make a difference in the future of nursing!


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