Be yourself! Being yourself is a way to be genuine. If you really enjoy nursing, you’ll be able to sit and communicate with patients. I, myself, am one of “thoooose” bubbly nurses, that brings in the sunshine (literally. i pull all the blinds up and sing good morning to them, even the cranky patients). Some patients love it, and others hate it. As long as it shows that you are compassionate, you’ll do well.
One thing I hate that nursing students do is look down at their clipboard and run over their list of questions like it’s a survey. Don’t do that. Put the clipboard down, look them in the eyes and just talk to them. Most times, you’ll be able to answer all your questions in just a convo. Such as, ask them how their breakfast was, if they have any pain, how did they sleep, etc. Keep your eyes peeled to do an assessment just as your talking. Check out the skin, any bruises, open areas, any swelling, IVs, fluids/meds running, O2 tubing, watch their respiration as their talking (do they get winded?), assess the surrounds for safety, etc.
With more practice talking to others, you’ll get the hang of it soon. Good luck to you!