Why did you become a nurse? Were you inspired by a relative or friend who is a nurse? Did you happen to see the excitement of an actress or actor portraying a nurse on a TV show and thought, I’d love to do that? Or, is this a career you always wanted to pursue since you were a child? Whatever your reason is for becoming a nurse, one thing is true – nursing is a caring profession which requires one to have a caring heart.
Make sure you’re in nursing for the right reason
Too many people are going into nursing for the wrong reasons. I’ve heard reasons like, we’ll the money is good or you can get a decent job with just an associate’s degree. If this is the main reason you’re going into nursing, you’re setting yourself up for failure and even worse, your patients will suffer. Nursing requires a genuine heart for the sick and hurting and a selfless being who is willing to give 110% even when all of your energy is spent. Nursing is a calling, just like a ministry is a calling, nursing is a calling to care for the vulnerable, weak and ill patients who look to you for healing, encouragement and a ray of light on their journey to healing.
>Nursing is not a glamorous career
Hollywood may portray nursing as being a glamorous career – that is far from the truth. Nursing gets you sweaty, dirty, bloody, but at the end of the day you’ll leave feeling satisfied, having a sense of achievement and peace of mind knowing that you helped someone to get better.
Nursing is a rewarding career
I can honestly say that nursing is one of the most rewarding careers in the world. Here a few reasons why nursing is so rewarding:
- ·You watch patients get well – as you see your patients get well, you’re happy for them and reassured that you’re doing the right thing, which give you a sense of achievement.
- You get to teach patients healthy life style choices, which keeps them from getting certain types of diseases and injuries.
- You’ll teach patients how to eat healthy so that they can live longer and not acquire certain types of diseases like diabetes or heart disease.
- If you work in maternity you’ll help deliver babies – what can be more satisfying than bringing new life in the world; and you’ll get to take care of infants and teach new moms how to care for them.
- Plenty of opportunities to work in a variety of units which broaden your knowledge base and skills.
- Opportunities to work as a travel nurse and explore new cultures while receiving numerous benefits.
- There are multiple educational opportunities for nurses to advance their career to higher levels to the Bachelor, Master’s and Doctorate level
- Care for the elderly: Elderly people are so appreciative of nurses who truly care for them and take time with them which equals satisfaction for you at the end of the day.
Do you have the gift to care for patients who are nearing the end of their life? Hospice nursing requires nurses who are compassionate, patient and tender hearted to help keep them comfortable during this time in their life. Hospice nurses are also a comfort to patients’ family members, they provide support for them and allow them to assist in the care of their loves ones.
Kudos to Student Nurses and Fellow Nurses
Thank you to nurses everywhere for your dedication and hard work, you are very much appreciated and applauded. Kudos to everyone who is thinking about or studying to be a nurse. You’re in for an adventure of a career. Remember that you’ll have good days and bad days, but one thing is for sure, you’ll always leave work knowing that you made someone smile and helped to ease someone’s pain away.