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I am in school getting my pre-reqs hoping to apply to a nursing program very soon... The point is, you do not have to have passion for nursing to be a good nurse.
This is absolutely true.
I do not have a passion for nursing. I am a nurse for the money, pure and simple.
That said, most people would gladly choose me as their nurse because I am (generally) empathetic, considerate, informative, funny, knowledgeable, and skilled.
Most employers would choose me to work for them because I am (generally) energetic, diligent, prompt, responsive, and reliable.
Most colleagues would choose to work with me because I am also (generally) helpful, supportive, and encouraging.
The degree to which I am described by those adjectives, I seek to be. I want to be that nurse that patients remember fondly, that nurse that the manager doesn't have to think about, that nurse that the doc wants taking care of their most critical patient, and that nurse that people most want to work with.
Why? Not because I'm passionate about nursing but because I am a quality human being who has had many experiences on the other side of the bed rails with nurses both good and bad and I know how important the job is... and because I am the type of person who wants to excel at everything I do.
Nursing is not a calling nor a mission... it is a vocation; one needn't have a passion for it in order to be good at it.