Originally posted by susanmary:
Nurses who LOVE their job, please reply. What do you do? Why do you stay in your position? Is there any nurse out there who is satisfied with their job and actually looks forward to going to work? Any words of wisdom?
Unlike the other posters, I love my WORK. I have never truly loved a job. I have always found jobs (employment) constricting and stifling in the long run, but have always taken away many positive learning experiences from each job i have had. Now, back to work. I love the work of nursing, I have always loved the work of nursing and I will always love the work of nursing. My personal view of nursing work is not drudge, is not labor, is not unsatisfying. My personal view of jobs is drudge, labor and unsatisfying. I realize this might sound a bit contradictory to some, but you can get a better picture of what I am talking about
The article to which I am referring is "Energy Collaboration: A Personal Journey". It is the essence of who I am as a nurse.
I was terribly restless as an employee in just about every job I had. In fact, I was the employee who always questioned why, when, what, how, why not, etc. I was a challenge to say the least. I am sure you must have worked with some of us. I could never quite get a handle on why the employer had to control everything I and my colleagues did. And it turned out that freedom to choose made all the difference in my life. I choose now, and the work I do is meaningful and purposeful, not only for me, but for the people for whom I provide nursing care. My nursing work is powerful. No job could hold that power for me. I welcome dialogue if you have had similar experiences in your nursing life.
[This message has been edited by bshort (edited January 23, 2001).]