Just wondering, any of you noticing any ads put out by your state or provincial boards of nursing encouraging enterprising people to join the ranks of nursing? I saw a pretty good one here in the Seattle area promoting nursing as a career that is flexible enough to allow such things as, pursuit of one's advanced education, taking care of a young family by working when you are ABLE to, pursuit of hobbies, etc. If your area does NOT have these ads, what would YOU say to PROMOTE the Nursing Career and encourage people to join us?
I have seen plenty of reasons why we would tell others NOT to; now I would love to see some reasons why you feel one *SHOULD* be a nurse! I will start: I have always wanted to minister to others and give outstanding care...to treat patients as if they were family or friends. Frustrations? YES! But I find GREAT satisfaction in a simple hug or thankyou from a family member in return for my "ministry". Anyone else?
May 30, '02
the positive aspects of nursing are numerous! for me, it was knowing that each shift i worked, i was part of the health team that helped patients to heal and return to optimal wellness. i was able to hold the hand of the sick, the dying, the family members, and calm many a worried one. i was able to share my education with them by teaching them the things about their health that they didn't know before. i was able to reach the patient and their family members where perhaps others couldn't, even the doctors. i was able to give hugs, backrubs, prayers when asked, a smile, an understanding glance or compassionate heart. my patients gave so much back to me, too. i learned much from them by taking care of them, listening to their life stories, and offering them a listening ear that they rarely had access to when not patients. i loved working beside the best of the best in the health field; learning from other doctors, nurses, and other health professionals different ways of doing things, time management skills different from my own, teamwork among my peers.... the list is endless! the pay was always good for me, the hours were great most of the time, and the respect and trust i received from my patients was tremendous! leave nursing? not on your life! i love being a nurse! no matter what!
editors note: this is from aimeee. renee, i changed your color to teal from lime to make it easier for others to read. i didn't want anybody to miss your great post! i hope you don't mind!
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May 30, '02
PEEPS that is an AWESOME analogy and post. Never thought of it that way. Thank you! All I seek here is positive affirmation for what we all do each day we nurse. I think we all need it. Thanks for that contribution....and Renee and Heather, thanks to you, too for not letting this thread die.....but it prolly will anyhow. We seem somehow stuck on the negative here. I guess it is more interesting and "fun" to talk about horror stories and how we get rooked each day by suits?????? Go figure.
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May 30, '02
Mr. D was sitting in his recliner when I admitted him to homecare. Said he slept in that recliner for 20 yrs. He had radiation for his lung CA and wasn't eating. Too weak to get to the commode by his recliner. I ordered a hospital bed. He said it was the best nights rest in 20 yrs. I ask his MD for a picc line and TPN. She didn't know about picc lines so I educated her and she gave the order. Now his pressure sore could heal. Got a physical therapist to see him. In three months Mr. D was able to walk to the end of his street with his physical therapist.
I told my husband, it was worth the struggle of nursing school just to help this one patient.
Do you all know the "Starfish Story?" A man was walking along the beach after a storm and picking up starfish and throwing them in the water. Another man walked by and said why are you doing that. There are thousands of starfish on the beach. You can't make a difference. The man bent down, pick up a starfish and threw it in the water and said, made a difference to that one.
That's what we are about. We can't change the world, but we can make a difference to that one. And that is my joy and reward.
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