The All New Accelerated Nursing Program Guide

By: John Wellington

There is such a high demand for people to enter the field of nursing that many new programs are being developed and existing programs expanded to certify more nurses in a record-breaking short time. There are a number of options available and an accelerated nursing program is usually the most popular option among those who want to enter the field of medicine. Some people, especially cautious patients, may not be comfortable with the knowledge that nurses can be trained in very little time. However, a good accelerated nursing program will ensure that the future nurse master all the skills required for the job.

One thing to consider is the traits of a good nurse. The skills required to be an effective nurse are not completely cultivated in the classroom. Some people have the natural flare to be in this field while others will never master the job regardless of how many hours they spend in the classroom. An accelerated nursing program recognizes that the technical skills need to be targeted while the more subtle skills that the job requires are often present in the individual. Many patients have encountered the perfect nurse but few of us think about why that person was so good at his job.

Now, we can list some qualities that make a good nurse and can not be taught. Recall your best encounter with a nurse. She probably had the ability to put you at ease and make you smile despite your pain with just a few gentle words. Or she could simply make you feel relaxed through her graceful demeanor and caring approach. Now consider your worst encounter with a nurse. She was probably rough and did not display any emotions. Maybe she was contemptuous and cynical. She may have made you feel as if you were a burden or a weakling. She could have technically done everything "right" but you just feel more terrible after seeing her.

Articulating such qualities in your caregiver is often difficult. There is something about the person that helps you through the difficult situation but you are not sure how to put it in words. Of course, an accelerated nursing program does not go into depth on developing such qualities. Neither does an extended, traditional program. Bedside manner is briefly covered in an accelerated nursing program but it is equally addressed in the traditional school. The nurse who made you feel uneasy was probably unaware of her effect on you. She was focused on doing her technical job right.

The fundamental difference between the good nurse and the bad one is their attitude towards the profession. The first nurse is caring for a person and she recognizes this. She leaves a good impression in your heart and lifts your spirits. The second nurse just tries to finish her job and leaves. She leaves no mark at all.

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