Nursing is Just a Job- common myths in nursing

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cocoa_puff

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I think nursing is a "calling" for some, a profession for many, a career for most, and a just job for the rest.

SororAKS, ADN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU/CCU, Open Heart OR Recovery, Etc. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 720 Posts

I would call it neither "a calling", nor "just a job" for most nurses.

I see it as a profession, or at least a highly skilled trade.

I see it as a profession as well.

Teresag_CNS

Specializes in ICU, trauma, gerontology, wounds. Has 34 years experience. 3 Articles; 194 Posts

I may have misunderstood what you meant by "Nightingalish," but it sounds like you're not familiar with her life and career. Florence Nightingale defied her parents as a young woman to study the nursing profession because she felt strongly about devoting herself to something useful in life rather than marrying and settling down to what she considered a life of idleness typical of upper-class women. She revolutionized hospital care and nursing education. She was the first woman inducted into the Royal Statistical Society for her work in the then-new field of epidemiology. She was not doing "a job." She was committed to improving health through nursing.

Teresag_CNS

Specializes in ICU, trauma, gerontology, wounds. Has 34 years experience. 3 Articles; 194 Posts

I think it's important that we nurses not allow employers to define us. Although they may treat us as a necessary evil (and I believe that is true), we don't have to embrace that misrepresentation of our profession.

Nursing is a profession. Employers (and policymakers, and often the public and physicians) might choose to treat us as less than a profession, but that does not change my identity.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience. 5,047 Posts

He told me that the man is the head of the household, and if I didn't submit to my husband I was breaking God's laws.

I love how the men who go around quoting (or paraphrasing) those verses forget the part commanding husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church. In other words, sacrificially -- Christ doesn't beat or otherwise lose his temper with the church. :rolleyes: