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News Article from Lifedata News Service
Contact: Jim Huffman
Why Do Nurses Hate Their Jobs?!
Nurse Says Health Care Can Still Be A Rewarding, Challenging -- Even Fun -- Career
(Burlington, NC, May 24, 2001) -- Remember how nursing used to be thought of
as a challenging and rewarding career choice?
According to James Huffman, RN, nursing can still be challenging, rewarding,
even fun. The secret is for nurses to take control of their own professional lives, and
make their work into what they first envisioned it: a career that helps others, and is also
rewarding for the nurse.
Not that it's easy. Jim Huffman has been trying to live that out for most of his professional career, and he admits he's still learning.
His dream began with what seemed like a contradiction to most people: he wanted to be self-employed, and at the same time he was beginning a nursing career. The public generally thinks in terms of nurses working in hospitals or clinic settings, and has trouble fitting self-employed free-lance work into the mix. "Even my family couldn't figure out what I was trying to do," he recalls.
So Jim Huffman began living his dream. When he finished nursing school
in 1980, he began doing free-lance work, and by the fall of 1982, he was confident enough of his abilities to launch out full-time. So, starting out on Dec. 27, 1982, he began working for himself as free-lance nurse, and he's never looked back.
Over the years, he realized that many nurses were unhappy with their careers, often feeling trapped, and feeling unable to do anything about it. And he realized that others wanted to know how to do what he has done. There were few books about self-employment in nursing, so he set out to guide others, with his book Dare to Be Free: How to Get Control of Your Time, Your Life, and Your Nursing Career.
Jim says that the secret is knowing what you want, not just out of your career, but out of life in general, and planning a career in terms of what you want.
America continues to face an acute shortage of nurses. Part of the solution to that shortage is keeping existing nurses in the profession. Nurses who are happy, satisfied with their careers, and enjoying the rewards of helping people on the road back to better health are a key.