What motivates you....

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    What motivates you to give you best nursing care and to do your job well?
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    I believe in what goes around comes around. So i try to remember if that pt. was ME or someone I love I would like the people involve to give care to Do the right thing as much as possible. I know sometimes we just cannot be there No matter how much we want. But if I can be there as much as possible I feel I am doing the best I can, and I can sleep at nite peacefully.:spin:
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    personal satisfaction of a job done well. I read a lot and try to stay updated on new trends, new meds, etc. I feel I contribute to someone's welfare when I care for them.
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    Quote from BookWorm4Ever
    I believe in what goes around comes around. So i try to remember if that pt. was ME or someone I love I would like the people involve to give care to Do the right thing as much as possible. I know sometimes we just cannot be there No matter how much we want. But if I can be there as much as possible I feel I am doing the best I can, and I can sleep at nite peacefully.:spin:
    Exactly.

    And... it's the right thing to do.
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    Fear of losing my good reputation with my peers... fear of harming the patient..desire to do real service.... pride in a job well done...competition among nurses for the best care... chart audits...desire to be respected..fear of "slipping"(you know those nurses who have loads of bad habits and don't care)...genuine thanks of the patients..the joy of seeing a patient improve...the ability to sleep at night with a clean concience.
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    The smiles,the satisfaction and fulfillment i get after caring for somebody in best way i could.it makes me want to more so that at the end of the day,i can go home knowing that i have fulfilled my reason for being a nurse for that very day which is,'making a difference in someone's life'.
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    Passing on favourite TV shows as a matter or importance in report ("Hates Barney, so don't bother. He's worn out the Bear in the Big Blue House tape today.") and having the oncoming nurse write it down. The feeling when a screaming kiddo finally relaxes in your arms and falls asleep. The moments when you have enough time to go above and beyond; footrubs, braided hair and shared music on IPods. The way a harried dad locks his eyes on yours as you explain in plain English what's going on with his child. Being there to offer strong arms to collapse in when a parent realizes the worst has happened. Realizing that you CAN keep doing this, despite hearing that mother's cry over and over in your dreams.

    At the end of the day, I don't think I could do anything that wasn't, at its core, so absolutely meaningful. I do photography as a side job, but I've never left a session with the same sense of accomplishment as I do after 12 hours in the PICU.
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    The paycheck is the only thing that motivates me. Probably not a popular answer with all the social do-gooders but it is the honest answer.
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    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    The paycheck is the only thing that motivates me. Probably not a popular answer with all the social do-gooders but it is the honest answer.
    Hey, as long as you're not mentally checked out and just waiting for payday, I've got no problem with it! Some of the best nurses I know are in it for me money. It's when you come right out and tell me "I missed my true calling in low-paying-field-X and I'm in this for the money and I'm going to be unhappy for the rest of my life" that I start to get a little worried. :spin:
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    I'm like the one above who finds personal satisfaction from a job well done.

    I've always had some internal drive from the time I started working at McDonalds when I was in highschool, my station would have have the highest per hour volume. I always made mostly A's. I've always worked my butt off and have been driven to from something within. It's the same way with nurinsg. I love working hard and giving my best. Sometimes my best is variable and it's less on some days than others.


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