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Is Nursing A Calling Or A Job? By Nurse Muhammad Auwal Almustapha
Date Posted: 27/Jun/2017
It’s not usual to discover one’s self calling in a particular profession, but with some people it begins when they are young. They usually realize their potential and gradually build on it, while for others it takes much more than that. There are certain signs that indicate one has a calling in a particular profession. For instance, the following are some of the key indicators that will guide you in realizing your true potential when it comes to being a nurse.
Your hospitality and interest to care for others
An ambition for medicine and other related activities in the health profession are a good sign that ‘nursing is in your blood.’ This involves offering volunteer practice by providing nursing care to those in need. The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you feel in the process of doing the service is when you know you were born to be a nurse.
Developing close associations with people in the nursing profession. Discovery is realized when an individual associates with elite professionals to inquire about new developments and trending knowledge in the nursing field only to better themselves. At times, this acts as a guide for those interesting in pursuing a career in nursing. This explorative means can also be essential in one being able to deal with real life situations other than having a theoretical knowledge that is not substantially practical.
Source of Inspiration
Are you inspired by those who are on the forefront of nursing practice? When nurses inspire you with their achievements, for example, the case of saving a life, there is a realization that the impact brought about upon by this act of kindness is something you want to be a part of.
For the love of caring
When menial things, such as money are insignificant compared to being a nurse. In the process of seeking the fundamentals of life one may realize nursing is number one on the list. Nursing is a profession that is guided by ethics and being able to meet nursing’s ethical standards just might be the sure way of discovering your true potential in nursing.
Many professionals practice nursing for many reasons; one being the result of a calling or life purpose. Some people realize their potential in becoming the best in their areas of expertise, but some do not see it right away, therefore it is important to consider the above so that you can serve in such a way
Don’t be afraid to question senior doctors or correct senior colleagues. Never be scared to question a doctor, however senior they may be. We are our patients’ advocates and can protect them from potential mistakes. A good doctor will respect you for this. If you feel something isn’t right but are not confident enough to challenge a situation yourself, go to someone you know, trust and respect – watch how they deal with it and learn.
Don’t say, “I know how you feel” when you have never been in that situation. Instead you can say something like: “I can’t begin to imagine how worried you must be, but we are doing everything we can, if you have any questions please ask and if I can’t answer them I will find someone who can, etc”.
Don’t wear your uniform outside the hospital environment.
- Nurses’ uniforms: How many bacteria do they carry after one shift?
- The results showed that the average bacteria colony growth per square inch was 1,246 and 5,795 for day and night shift, respectively. After 48 h, MRSA positives were present on 4 of the day shift and 3 of the night shift uniforms. Additional bacteria identified include: Bacillus sp., Micrococcus luteus, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Micrococcus roseus.
- Other countries such as the United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, and Canada acknowledge and address this problem by prohibiting the wearing of hospital clothing outside the workplace. These countries also require health service providers to sterilize and provide clean uniforms to healthcare workers.
Don’t dress like a coward? 
- Remember you will be address by the way you dress
- Always wear clean uniform with nice shoes 
- Don’t leave long nails/painted nails 
- Always wear flat soul shoes 
- Walk silently
Don’t miss a chance of making your patients happy
- Is It Nurses’ Job to Make Patients Happy? Obviously yes 
- If all my patients are happy, I am not doing my job,” referencing drug seeking patients who are happy when they can over medicate themselves and angry when they do not get their “prn” medication.
- Avoid medication error- the act of giving the wrong drug to the wrong patients at the wrong time via the wrong route and using the wrong techniques.
Don’t stand along the hospital corridors and be discussing with your coworkers
- Making unnecessary noise
- Indicating that you don’t have a problem
Don’t use ambiguous words when discussing with your patients/relatives
- Use simple and understandable terms
- Avoid using medical jargons
Don’t be late to work
- Always be punctual 
- Be time conscious
Being a spiritual person is synonymous with being a person whose highest priority is to be loving to oneself and others. A spiritual person cares about people, animals, and the planet. A spiritual person knows that we are all One, and consciously attempts to honor this Oneness. A spiritual person is a kind person. Always assume yourself to be in the position of your patients.

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