I know I have read many a post where the terms "passion" or nursing as a "calling" are frowned upon. Is it wrong to say I am passionate about nursing, or medicine as a science, and truly feel that this is a profession I will excel at and enjoy? *shrug* maybe, since I am not an RN *yet heh* but I can say That I love medicine, always have. Since they age of 16, it is all I have done!
I work at one of the best veterinary teaching hospitals in the country, in the intensive care unit. I LOVE critical care. Obviously, people are not animals, BUT I use the nursing process every night. I rely heavily on my critical thinking skills, and above all, I advocate for my patients (yes if that means calling the resident at three in the morning so be it, or going above them to faculty if warranted)
So to an extent, I think people who are passionate about their profession make better nurses. It takes a certain personality type to "make it" in advanced practice/critical care. I have see quite a few in my unit who just were not cut out for it. The key for me, is complacency. I am am never happy to just "do the job". If I encounter a new med, I am immediately researching, I read about our espirit ventilators and mechanical ventilation in my free time because I love my vent cases. When I am running a pressor drip, I am comparing it to what i will see in the "human world" I read the critical care nursing journals regularly. I lecture my peers for continuing education purposes. I have reached IMHO, a state of plateau in my career, and I am excited to apply to the nursing program in the fall, because for me, it is a natural progression of learning. It is the next step in *hopefully* a long career in medicine.
Having said that.....It is discouraging as a hard working mother in my 30's, pulling 4.0, to be surrounded by people who IMHO, have no business entering nursing, or healthcare in general. (yes I am being an elitist). I do not know it all, and in nursing school, my plan is to keep my mouth shut! Haha. My friend who is now an RN had the best advice: if asked by the professor if I have any experience placing an arterial or central (or even ucath!) my reply will always be "only in a dog or cat" But I watch prospective nursing students around me, and many of them barely pull minimum a passing grade in prerequisites, complain that professor is "too hard" if he tests them on concepts vs memorizing terms, and no joke, some of them cannot even focus a microscope. If you have to retake AP, micro or chem, maybe a science major ISN'T FOR YOU! I can only pray, they do not make it through nursing school, and it would suck to be competing with them for valued RN positions.
I can only hope, that sometime down the road, there will be room for me in the nursing profession. I know there are no jobs. I am going to rely my drive to get me there, eventually. IN the meantime, I am lucky to have a job I love! I have many coworkers who have become nurses (fantastic nurses at that!) Some tell me they hate it (so much charting and no time to do it!), a few tell me they love it. I hope to someday be with the latter!