If you’ve been in nursing for some time, I can assure you that your passion is not money, fantastic work schedules, short work weeks, or because your mom told you to become a nurse. People who enter the nursing profession for these reasons are quickly weeded out. I spoke to two nurses the other day who were truly frustrated how the shift had gone that day. Both were upset that the staffing was low and the patient count was higher than four people could take care properly.
Were they angry because they had a job? No. Were they angry because they had to work that day? No. Were they frustrated because of the type of patients they had to care for that shift? No.
They were frustrated because they wanted to give their patients the care they deserved. They want time to sit and talk with them, and do the small things for them that mattered. That is how you know someone who works in a stressful environment is passionate about what they do. They become the patient advocate and the staffs advocate as soon as they cannot give their very best.
I had to stop and really think about what is True Passion Motivations. What makes nurses come back for more after a day from hell on the floor. What is passion?
1. Caring – Nurses are caring individuals who have a high passion to care for other human beings. That is one of the drives that brings them back over and over after a shift that leaves them exhausted.
2. Desire – Nurses make a difference in people's life – not just their patient's life but the families they come in contact with. Nurses make a difference in the community they serve, the people they teach.
3. Respect – When a someone ask a nurse "what do you do for a living" there is a since of pride that speaks up and says "I am a nurse!" Their shoulders are back, their head is held high.
Nursing is nothing like the fun cartoons that you see showing nursing as a sexy profession. Nurses are hard workers, quick thinkers, adaptable to so many different environments. We all have days when we wonder what we were thinking when we chose
this profession or current job. The fact that we are still here means that at some point in our career we had that passion. It may take a job change to find it again, or it may just take some soul-searching. The important thing is that we do remember and find it once again. We have too much to give to others who need the care, comfort, and skills that we can provide to give up. I don’t regret obtaining it, but I am so glad that I am transforming from a high energy environment to a nursepreneur. Caring for people at a different level that can make a difference in their whole family.
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Angela Brooks is a mental health nurse devoting over 25 years to the nursing field. She is an author, contributor to the nursing magazines "Scrubs Magazine" and "NurseTogether.com". She is the founder of angelabrook.com, a company dedicated to helping empower nurses who works in the mental health field. Not just for nurses – but those that nurse others in life. She is the nurses voice, the voice for those unheard. Join the community of nurses from around the world.
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