Let’s start with the first benefit to nursing: Altruism; the unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness. Nurses help people. It’s that simple. In 2014, nurses once again appeared at the top of Gallup’s annual survey of Most Trusted Professions. The perception of our profession is that we care in many different forms of that word… Nurses help people. And in doing so, we receive the unmatched satisfaction of knowing that we have made a difference to patients and their families.
The longer I’m in the profession, the more experiences shape my life, the more amazing colleagues influence me, the more I see the micro and macro power of nursing.
The phenomenon of the nurse-patient relationship and its ability to affect the overall treatment of a patient is a central topic to the studying of nursing. The focus is usually on the ability of the nurse to impact the patient, but we often forget how much the patient can impact the nurse.
Nurses are constantly reminded of the necessity of valuing the dignity and worth of every person. As a result, we become better people. Our souls are healed. We develop communication skills and open hearts which make us more loving members of our own families. We become tolerant, and appreciate the diversity of all of the people on this earth. Perhaps that is the biggest benefit of being nurses.
We become more caring, and honorable people. As nurses we know suffering. We are fully aware of how precious each moment of life is. We learn to live well. Nurses are grateful people. Some people only learn about these essential spiritual qualities from traditions of worship. We learn compassion, love, peace and more by performing our daily work.
I work to maintain my patient’s dignity through intimate moments, difficult long term decisions, and heartbreaking situations. I share in the joy of newly born babies and miraculously cured diseases. I share in the heart break of a child taken too soon, a disease too powerful, a life changed forever. My patient is often an entire family. I assess and advocate. Sometimes I wipe bottoms, often I give meds, but that isn’t the extent of what I do. There are people above me, and people below. I work closely with both, without them, I could not do what I do well. I chose this profession and love almost every minute of it.
We've endured years of education and of clinical preparation, endless hours of studying, passed the very challenging exam, the GNC, and landed our first job. We are NURSES!!! Sometimes we just cannot contain our pride and enthusiasm. Our family and friends might not understand why we are so excited. It's simple; We hold precious lives in our hands and can make a difference between life and death.
What I do know is this: if you are a nurse, then you should wear the title with pride. Not many people are capable of doing what you do, and even fewer are capable of doing it with the charisma and passion you do it with. The impact you make on a patient's life, however brief it may be, is something they will never forget. It’s been said that nobody appreciates a nurse until they need one. Nurses know this. They know they are under-appreciated, but it doesn’t matter to them and when you need one, they’ll be there.
If you ask any nurse what it is about nursing that inspires them, I guarantee their answer will have nothing to do with the overcoming irrational assumptions. Their motivation is not to prove people wrong or gain the approval of others; their motivation is that they genuinely believe in the cause. They know how much of a difference nursing makes on the world, and only a nurse can truly understand and appreciate the magnitude of their impact. They don’t need to listen to what other people say about their job or what kind of difference it makes, Nurses live on it.
Nursing Is My Profession And My Pride
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