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Learn about the most important skills for Registered Nurses. Also, find out how proficient you have to be in each skill.

Importance*More Info
1.Social Perceptiveness81
2.Active Listening75
3.Coordination72
Speaking72
5.Service Orientation69
Critical Thinking69
Reading Comprehension69
8.Monitoring66
9.Judgment and Decision Making62
Science62
* Importance out of 100

Score Key
  Importance for success in this profession
  Level of proficiency needed

Skill Area Scores

Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
81
63
Notice that customers are angry because they have been waiting too longBe aware of how a coworker's promotion will affect a work groupCounsel depressive patients during a crisis period
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
75
57
Take a customer's orderAnswer inquiries regarding credit referencesPreside as judge in a complex legal disagreement
Coordination
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
72
59
Schedule appointments for a medical clinicWork with others to put a new roof on a houseWork as director of a consulting project calling for interaction with multiple subcontractors
Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
72
55
Greet tourists and explain tourist attractionsInterview applicants to obtain personal and work historyArgue a legal case before the Supreme Court
Service Orientation
Actively looking for ways to help people.
69
55
Ask customers if they would like cups of coffeeMake flight reservations for customers, using airline reservation systemDirect relief agency operations in a disaster area
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
69
57
Determine whether a subordinate has a good excuse for being lateEvaluate customer complaints and determine appropriate responsesWrite legal brief challenging a federal law
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
69
57
Read step-by-step instructions for completing a formRead a memo from management describing new personnel policiesRead a scientific journal article describing surgical procedures
Monitoring
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
66
59
Proofread and correct a letterMonitor a meeting's progress and revise the agenda to ensure that important topics are discussedReview corporate productivity and develop a plan to increase productivity
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
62
55
Decide how scheduling a break will affect work flowEvaluate a loan application for degree of riskDecide whether a manufacturing company should invest in new robotics technology
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
62
46
Conduct standard tests to determine soil qualityConduct product tests to ensure safety standards are met, following written instructionsConduct analyses of aerodynamic systems to determine the practicality of an aircraft design