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Table 2 Domains and characteristics of what establishes an excellent nurse

From: What establishes an excellent nurse? A focus group and Delphi panel approach

Domains and characteristics of what establishes an excellent nurse Ratio (n/N) (judged as “essential” by 26 experts in Delphi round two)
Analytical 0.69 (22/26)
 Effectively Analyzing complex patient situations 0.85 (24/26)
 Able to effectively distinguish main issues from side issues in complex situations 0.85 (24/26)
 Exhibiting a comprehensive perspective in complex situations (a bird’s eye view) 0.85 (24/26)
 Diagnosing patient needs and effectively initiating action 0.77 (23/26)
 Making sensible decisions quickly in complex situations 0.69 (22/26)
Communicative 0.77 (23/26)
 Communicating clearly and relevantly 0.77 (23/26)
 Communicating the results of one’s professional interactions 0.77 (23/26)
 Using context-sensible expressions 0.46 (19/26)
Cooperative 0.85 (24/26)
 Taking the lead in complex situations 0.77 (23/26)
 Inspiring and encouraging others to work effectively together 0.62 (21/26)
 Taking the lead in general teamwork 0.62 (21/26)
 Focusing on cooperating with professionals in various settings 0.54 (20/26)
Coordinate 0.69 (22/26)
 Advocating: taking personal responsibility for the organizational choices in favor of the patient 0.77 (23/26)
 Accurately transferring patient sensitive information 0.69 (22/26)
 Leading other professionals to the right place at the right moment 0.38 (18/26)
Disseminate knowledge 0.92 (25/26)
 Sharing knowledge in an interdisciplinairy context 0.92 (215/26)
 Sharing knowledge in an multidisciplinary context 0.69 (22/26)
 Using knowledge in a broad organisational context to improve quality of care in patient groups 0.69 (22/26)
 Sharing knowledge with the patient 0.62 (21/26)
 Developing new professional knowledge 0.38 (18/26)
Empathic 0.38 (18/26)
 Connecting to the individual patient situation and patients’ experiences 0.69 (22/26)
 Treating the patient with full respect in every situation 0.62 (21/26)
Evidence-driven 0.92 (25/26)
 Applying principles of evidence based practice 1.00 (26/26)
 Advancing opportunities to change or to improve interventions based on scientific evidence 0.92 (25/26)
 Seeking and discovering scientific knowledge 0.69 (22/26)
 Researching what are the best nursing interventions in clinical practice 0.39 (16/23)
Innovative 0.54 (20/26)
 Initiating new and more efficient approaches in work processes 0.77 (23/26)
 Proactively implementing nursing care innovations in practice 0.62 (21/26)
 Encouraging others to generate new ideas and alternatives 0.54 (20/26)
 Advancing opportunities for improvement 0.46 (19/26)
 Developing creative alternatives in complex situations 0.23 (16/26)
Introspective 0.69 (22/26)
 Using feedback to stimulate personal accomplishment 0.92 (25/26)
 Self-reflecting on one’s own professional approach 0.77 (23/26)
 Reflecting to be able to make the most appropriate situational fit and to use context-sensible expressions 0.77 (23/26)
 Trying continuously to improve, seeking for self-development 0.69 (22/26)
 Keeping within the limits of one’s capabilities 0.62 (21/26)