Hi. I'm requesting some lengthy responses, I believe. Under another thread in another forum taking a poll of why those of us who are nurses entered nursing, I became engaged in another posters response that nurses who enter nursing as a calling have underminded the forward progression of our profession. What do you think? Of all the nurses who would not recommend nursing as a career, I would like to know how many came into nursing as a calling. Also, define what having a career in nursing means to you.
If someone wants to make a poll out of this under another topic, feel free to do so.
Hi grouchy. I think that if you read justanurse's definition of calling a little more closely, then perhaps you would consider not defining the term "calling" so narrowly. When I chose nursing as a calling, it was because I decided to make nursing my profession, career, vocation, or whatever term you define it. Also, keep in mind that I came into nursing before health and medical care officially became an industry.
I feel that many of the nurses you're referring to did come into nursing with a tremendous amount of idealism. The biggest problem is that they failed to find a way to cope and accept reality once they found out the truth. That does not necessarily mean that these nurses who left nursing originally came into nursing as a calling.
The last 20 years or so, with the changes in provider-payer relationships, managed care, increased presence of regulatory agencies, for profit investments, and changing attitudes of the public toward the use of health and medical care has tried the best of us. I think that if you took a poll you will find a wide range of nurses that ran into reality shock or burned out early in the last 20 or so years. Some moved completely out of health care and some moved into areas where they don't provide direct patient care.
I would still recommend nursing to those who come into nursing as a calling with the warning that they either do volunteer work, work as an aide or CNA, study all about nursing, subscribe to nursing journals if they can afford to, and interview a cross-section of nurses prior to signing the dotted line.
Last edit by Mijourney on Dec 23, '01