Characteristics of a truly great health professionals

When we think of people who work in healthcare, we tend to think of people who are caring, kind and patient. While this may be true, there is more to being a health professionals than having a kind heart.

Whether you’re a Nurse in a hospital, a Carer in a residential village or a Disability Support Worker in a group home, there are certain skills, traits and qualities that all great health professionals possess that make them successful in what they do. So, what are they?

Ability to be professional competent

Nurses or aged care workers need to have knowledge about a broad multidisciplinary field and the ability to apply this knowledge across a cross-section of people, experiences and situations. Successful healthcare professionals have a growth mindset where they are constantly learning, and willing to share their knowledge, to high quality care and performance. 

Being cooperative and working well with others 

Cooperating is essential for excellent care. The ability to work effectively and efficiently across teams to provide the best care for the patients and clients is an important attribute that is needed in a healthcare professionals. 

They need to constantly be asking the questions, “why”, and have the courage to oppose the status quo, to question someone else’s opinion and  persuade others to make difficult choices.

Good communicator and paraphraser

Healthcare professionals need to be able to communicate on different levels and in complex situations. A great healthcare professional is always a proficient communicator, one who is able to “summarize patients’ needs”, and to assist them in making choices. They are capable listener, able to paraphrases and asks questions to help the patients understand complex situations in the simplest of teams. 

Being proactive and initiating new ideas 

Another quality of an excellent healthcare professional is the ability to propose and promote new ideas, act proactively, and follow them through. Proactive behavior is seen as “acting in advance of a future situation, rather than just reacting”.

An excellent professional initiates processes of change and is an influencer of his or her profession within and outside his own professional field or organization. 

Self- learner 

And above all else, a healthcare professional needs to have the ability to, without any judgement, self-reflect, and introspect on their work. This is a highly regarded quality not just in healthcare professional but professionals across industries. 

The ability to constantly seek feedback, evaluate whether they are on the right path, and being confident in their chosen path, is a necessity in a healthcare professional as this helps them confidently care after their patients. 

Does this sound like you? 

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