Most people think that nursing is an easy ticket to an above average salary, a way to fulfill dreams of owning a house, or buying that expensive car, or supporting a family. I have seen nursing students get the shock of their life on their first day on the floor, realizing the gravity of the profession that they have decided to venture into. No, nursing is not ideal. It’s not only about doctor’s orders and care plans and critical thinking. It’s not all about the training, the knowledge, and the license that we have worked so hard to get. That’s just half of it…the professional part, the part that can be taught.
You tell yourself that you should not be too close to the patients and their family but you couldn’t help but care. Passion is when you cry in frustration because there’s nothing else you can do to make things better. Passion is when you go home with sore legs and feet and you still come back for more.
Nursing has become so much more in this modern day, my work shoes cannot even cope. Do I think I need a new career that does not entail so much connection and personal involvement? I think not. I’m just going to go ahead and buy some new shoes. Because I am a nurse, and a nurse will never quit. Because quitting means there’s one less patient getting the care that she deserves. And one patient less matters.