What Does It Take to Become a Nurse?

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In order to become a nurse, a person needs a degree or diploma, a lot of patience, critical thinking and an ability to deal with stress. Find out how nurses must be able to evolve with the health care system with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and I'm going to tell you what it takes to become a nurse. There is a lot of things. First of all, it's going to take a degree, whether it's BSN, ADN, or a diploma. It's going to take a lot of patience. It's going to take critical thinking in times of stress, and then also times when you're just with your patient and you're trying to work out how you can help them get through a painful situation or they're sick. So a lot of critical thinking. It takes good time management. You're managing a lot of patients at one time in a stressful situation. It takes the ability to stay calm in all situations. Your willingness to stay up to date with education. Obviously, health care is always evolving, and staying up to date with that is very important. And another thing that's really important is to be involved with teamwork and being willing to lend a hand to other nurses or other patients, even though they're not under your workload. And those are some of the things that it takes to becoming a good nurse.

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