Why I became a nurse, the down and dirty - page 3

by libran1984

I did not become a nurse because I was inspired by the care of an ailing family member received by a nurse. I did not become a nurse to fix the nursing home my grandmother lived in. I did not become a nurse to accomodate a... Read More


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    Quote from getmethisnownurse
    When I sat down at my kitchen table filling out college applications and having to pick a major, I just thought hmmm nursing. I never thought about it before that. Ahhh being young and stupid Sometimes you make the best decisions when you don't over think it and just go with your gut!
    I make both my best and worst decisions that way
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    Hate to go all "Bill Clinton" on this, but it all boils down to your definition of "calling". To me, it means that something meets your needs on a intensely personal level... but not necessarily religious or spiritual in any way. Something about the job 'calls to' your psyche and fills a gap like nothing else could.

    In my case (and many other ICU nurses, whether they admit it or not - LOL) it fulfills my need for control. Yes, I am a control enthusiast. There is no greater control than the means to determine basic physiologic functions -- mechanical ventilation, managing hemodynamics, regulating fluid balance, etc. And the fact that I understand (or can find out) exactly what is going on with my patient.... no need for guesswork. Maybe that's why OB terrifies me - being responsible for that tiny hidden patient... shudder.

    So - I would still argue that that 'thing' that makes nursing so satisfying for you is a 'Calling'.
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    "Tiny hidden patient"Ha! I love it. It's like a turducken. A patient inside a patient.
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    Quote from HouTx
    Hate to go all "Bill Clinton" on this, but it all boils down to your definition of "calling". To me, it means that something meets your needs on a intensely personal level... but not necessarily religious or spiritual in any way.

    (snip)

    So - I would still argue that that 'thing' that makes nursing so satisfying for you is a 'Calling'.
    Well, yes, if you ignore culturally established meanings, you can make words fit your needs. I did not feel like I was brought to nursing by divine inspiration seeking me out and leading me to it. I made a choice and luckily it was a good one for me.


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