Some days it’s hard to remember why we became a nurse in the first place. When it’s been a rough day (or a rough week) and no one seems to notice all the good work we do, it’s easy to question why we chose the profession. Sometimes we just need a little reminder…
1. You are compassionate. Most nurses are genuinely concerned about the people they are taking care of. Nurses have a healing touch, guided by the love for our patients. Compassion means we are truly concerned about the people around us. We are sympathetic to the suffering of others and strive to make everything and everyone
2. You are empathetic. Being compassionate is a nursing trait, but even more so is being empathetic. Empathy allows us to gently care for our patients, without judgement or bias.
3. You wanted job security. If there is one thing that can universally be said about a nurse, it’s that we have job security! We can go anywhere in the world and someone will need a nurse. Most of us can describe a time we were simply out in public when our “services” were needed. Everyone everywhere needs a nurse. We are in demand!
4. You wanted financial stability. Nurses make good money, and they have the capability of making great money. A nurse can independently support their family (and many have or currently do)!
5. You wanted options. When you become a nurse, you get so many options! There are hundreds of different job roles and areas of nursing you can go into. Like a little adrenaline? There’s ER nursing, obstetrics, flight nursing, and trauma. Like a little 9-5? There’s PACU and clinics and (some) management. Don’t want to take care of patients at all? Be an educator or a case manager or be a legal nurse consultant! There’s some type of nursing for everyone.
6. You were raised by a nurse, love a nurse, or knew a nurse. Most people who become nurses were raised by a nurse, love a nurse, or knew a great nurse. Think about that person now and how they inspired you to follow in their footsteps.
7. You had a calling. Above all, remember that nursing is a calling. It’s not for the weak, it’s not for the faint-of-heart, and it’s not for sissies. We aren’t nurses because it’s easy. We’re nurses because we love it. We are called to do the work we do, and every time we think we can’t handle another bad shift, or another bad day, we must remember that there is purpose in all of the good work that we do.