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Being a nurse can be a very demanding and complex job, and can bring out the best or the worst of you. Nursing can also force you to develop traits and abilities you didn’t know you had. Becoming a nurse can completely change how you fulfill your duties as a mother and how you manage your household as well. Here is how nursing skills can help you become a better mom.
Multi-Tasking Like a Mom Extraordinaire
If you thought soccer moms were multi-tasking generals, think again. As a nurse, you’ll be asked to wear many hats at once and be different things to different people all the time. You may have to work with a senior citizen one minute, deal with a nervous family member the other and work with everyone from doctors to other staff members all at once. Once you get home from your shift, your household suddenly won’t seem so chaotic. It actually will be a breeze and will allow you to be more relaxed and organized when at home.
You’ll also have to be a planning expert if you want to succeed as a nurse. If you think planning family meals or your next vacation is a chore, try having 10 patients on the same floor all with different dietary restrictions, medications and tests to perform. You have to be able to map a clear picture of your whole floor and understand each patient’s needs. After that, planning what you’re going to put in your children’s lunchbox tomorrow won’t be that difficult.
If you decide to enroll for accelerated RN-to-MSN online degrees while working and taking care of your family, you’ll be able to become an even better multi-tasker by learning how to juggle all three responsibilities.
Better Mom Communication Skills
Communication goes way beyond just hearing and talking; it’s all about listening and being able to read nonverbal cues as well. As a mom, it’s essential that you know how to speak to your children if you want them to be compliant. You also have to be able to notice when something isn’t going right.
Parents who can’t communicate well with their children end up eventually not getting through to them. They will either retreat in their own world or shut down any attempt at communicating. Working with all types of patients as well as other healthcare professionals on a daily basis will push you to develop these crucial skills. You’ll be able to diffuse conflicts better and learn how to convey your true feelings and emotions and encourage your children to do the same.
Collaboration and Teamwork
Nothing is possible without teamwork if you’re a nurse. As a nurse, you’ll be usually asked to work in teams comprising of registered nurses, nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, and unit secretaries. Learning how to reach consensus, communicate, compromise and also stand your ground if necessary all makes for better teamwork on and off the job.
As a mother, you’ll be able to build a more solid unit on the home front and make sure everyone does their part. This will teach your children the importance of team effort and instill a sense of accomplishment in them as well. They will understand the value of hard work and grow up to be productive and reliable citizens later on in their lives. You’ll also learn how to pick your battles and when you just can’t win instead of picking a fight with your kiddo and his questionable wardrobe choices.
As you can see, becoming a nurse could give you a crucial set of skills that will greatly help you become a better mom. Make sure that you try to develop these skills in your daily life if you want to be a better mom, and eventually, a better nurse as well.
4/19/18 Happy Thursday! It’s the end of the week for my boys. Today it is the start of Fiesta so of course the kids Friday off school here in Texas LOL :-p
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.