Introverted Nurses Rule

When we think of nurses we don’t often think beyond their service to patients. Yet nurses have stepped into leadership roles, where they shine. And no surprise – a good number of them are introverts.

The strengths of calm reflection, thinking before talking, and responding before reacting, are assets in the sometimes-chaotic heath care world.  I know of a hospital nurse who had to make a last minute scheduling change with a staff member. She was greeted with an out of control rant. Using a calm tone and taking a breath, she told the staff member to call her back when she had settled down. The staffer did, and they worked out a suitable arrangement.

I love what one introverted unit manager said in Introversion Can Be a Benefit for Nurses In Leadership Positions, an excellent article by Lin Grensing-Pophal in ADVANCE for Nurses, “It’s lonely at the top and introverted leaders don’t have a problem with the solitary nature of the job.”


1 thought on “Introverted Nurses Rule

  1. Heidi Smith Luedtke

    To me, a key component of success in leadership (no matter what your personality) is understanding how your preferred way of acting works for your followers. The extrovert, too, needs to adapt to meet people where they are most comfortable. Love the article you linked on introverted leaders in the nursing profession — I plan to share it with several family members who are nurses. Thanks!


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