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Nursing: Is it a Career, A Calling, or Some Mixture of Both?

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❶Or is it a combination of ultruism and self preservation? The key unifying characteristic in every role is the skill and drive that it takes to be a nurse.

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There are many new nurses , I feel that are only in it for the pay and flexibility-this is not a calling. Apr 15, '06 by kukukajoo Joined: Nursing has been calling me all my life. I feel fortunate to have arranged my life to finally go to college and make my dreams come true. Not only will it be a job, but my dream. Apr 15, '06 by athena55 Occupation: Well, I most certainly feel that I was "called" to the nursing profession.

Why do I feel this way? I never doubted I would get into Nursing School. Never ever gave not graduating a first thought, much less a second. Being a nurse was never a "goal" or a "dream". It was something that I was meant to be. Does this make sense? I could not see myself ever doing anything other than nursing. In fact I feel that most RN's never really retire, I mean, maybe we won't actively be working a 12 hour shift once we are in our late 70s but if someone asks a question it doesn't take much to get out a reference textbook or go on-line.

In fact, while I was in Germany the buzz around the base was that a 72 year old Army Nurse Corps -Reservist was activated for duty, and she accepted! How cool is that!! Good Luck to you, athena Kukukajoo: PS I just saw that my post came like one minute after your posted your response and I did not mean anything by my stating that "being a nurse was never a goal or a dream" I am not putting you down.

I understand that you finally can see a dream you have held come to fruitation. I always associate a dream or a goal as a "hope", and I tried to put into words that it was more than that, to me. Is this making sense? Not a "calling" per se to me. However, while I am going into the field for non-altruistic reasons, I do feel that I have a caring nature and the right emotional and cognitive makeup for the profession.

For some people, it is a calling - those people usually get used horribly by their employers and are willing to accept lower pay rates. For others, it is just a reasonably well-paying job - those folks usually burn out quickly under the demands of the profession. The largest group combines the best features of the two extremes, and they end up as long-term, happy, skilled nurses.

National changes in nursing training: South African perspectives Read more. We are professionals, and let us fight to be recognised as such…. Vuyolwethu is a nurse based in Kimberley, Northern Cape. Follow us at Follow us on Twitter.

Join us on Facebook. Join us on YouTube. While I admire this nurses encouragement, support, and enthusiasm for inspiring new grad nurses… this is quite daunting.

And almost sets us up to be unhealthy in our nursing careers. If we give of our ourselves entirely to our patients, then what is left to give to ourselves? While I am sure that there are many others out there, we do not have space on this blog to cover every single article on the profession of nursing and being called to becoming a nurse. I would like to share one final perspective here before wrapping up….

The fact that the calling of nursing is complete nonsense. And maybe even bad for nursing as a whole. This blogger, a nurse who wrote on the site Florence is Dead anonymously for some time, shared an article outlining the fact that to answer a calling into the nursing profession actually hurts us more than helps us.

She describes nursing as a profession, not a sacrifice. To quote this blogger, she writes: I expect to be reimbursed for my skill. As someone who believes in, embodies, teaches, and writes about nurses taking care of themselves, empowering themselves, being authentic in nursing, and loving work AND life as separate entities… this anonymous nurse has a point!

I chose to do it because, well at the time I was young and a few people thought it would be a good idea. Since I did not have an alternative plan, I figured, why not? I go into full detail about this in my book, Nursing from Within if you would like to find out more. In fact, on my podcast , I ask this question of every guest.

And it is always interesting for me to hear the stories of how nurses entered the profession of nursing. And even though there are some that say they are called and others who do not… you know what we all agree upon as nurses? Nursing invites relationship and trust. To have a career as a nurse, you can always do something different. You can use your unique skills and gifts. The profession of nursing is a beautiful stepping stone to anything you want to do in life!

Figuring out what you love about being a nurse. Knowing your skills, strengths, and unique assets. Tapping into them in the work that you do. Love being a nurse and the profession of nursing….

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