10 Qualities of a Superstar Nurse
These characteristics separate the truly great from the “just getting by”
When I was a new nurse, I wanted to be just like Marianne. She was my role model for what it meant to be a nurse: caring, compassionate, and clinically excellent — I watched her grab the crash cart and defibrillate patients numerous times, in awe of her confidence and competence. Patients and their families loved Marianne, as did her coworkers.
After many years in this profession, I’ve been fortunate enough to come across a good number of superstar nurses like Marianne. I can tell you what makes them stand out from the rest.
Here are 10 qualities of a superstar nurse:
1. They are self-motivated.
Every superstar employee has a natural drive towards performing at the highest level possible. Such motivation isn’t something that can be trained into people. They either have it or they don’t — it’s intrinsic.
2. They commit to personal development.
An important characteristic of successful people is their commitment to self-improvement, independent of what their boss or organization requires. As the late Jim Rohn said, “A formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.” He’s not just referring to money here. (My tactic for personal development is to read something instructional or inspirational every morning, without fail.)