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You I know if you had just switched the two positions around, and were talking about the nurses who went into it with a passion and a calling being the ones who burnt out first I could have written it myself LOL!

Seriously, in my experience, which I think has got a decent longevity, I have seen many fresh young things who after a year or two of nursing are disillusioned and disappointed and in general destroyed because the calling and passion that brought them to nursing was crushing them. They were disillusioned by the lack of appreciation that came their way, by the ingratitude and insufferable demands of family members who seem to care less about their own family than those fresh new nurses. They felt that they were giving 110% every day and there was nothing left for them to give to anyone else, even themselves. In other words, going into nursing NOT for the money but for an emotional reason was chewing them up. Those of us who can separate our emotions from career goals seem to be doing just fine from what I have seen.

then do you care about the patients you treat at all?

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only when u work for money is when ur like super in need of money i think and those who are so insecure that they think they need to fit into society and pursue nursing which lend them jobs at most time not like they do something they like to excel at it .its almost like they don't believe in themselves. but um i think it happens for the reason like u getting license, it should be used purposely and meaningfully. . . .

I don't understand what you are trying to say.

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then do you care about the patients you treat at all?

I PROVIDE them with good care, even excellent care. I do not get emotionally attached which is what is implied when you say "care about your patients". I care that they get better, I am invested in TAKING care of them to the best of my ability. But care about them the way I do my friends and family? No.

Think about it this way, do you honestly expect a doctor to care about his or het patients at that level? He or she should take excellent care of them. He or she should provide the best treatment plan. He or she should care that the patient's health improves. But care about them like loved ones? No, they don't. And shouldn't.

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I PROVIDE them with good care, even excellent care. I do not get emotionally attached which is what is implied when you say "care about your patients". I care that they get better, I am invested in TAKING care of them to the best of my ability. But care about them the way I do my friends and family? No.

Think about it this way, do you honestly expect a doctor to care about his or het patients at that level? He or she should take excellent care of them. He or she should provide the best treatment plan. He or she should care that the patient's health improves. But care about them like loved ones? No, they don't. And shouldn't.

Yeah it kinda makes sense. But what do you mean by care. Like.. using medical knowledge or just empathy. Anyways, thank you for replying.

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Yeah it kinda makes sense. But what do you mean by care. Like.. using medical knowledge or just empathy. Anyways, thank you for replying.

When I use the word "care" in the context of patient care, I always mean in the nursing sense not in the emotional sense, and that is what EVERY good nurse should be striving for. One can emotionally care about another person and yet do them absolutely no good, even harm them, because they are not providing good nursing care. For instance, I had a patient whose daughter was there all the time at the bedside, sitting there when her mother was sleeping and watching tv with her when she was awake. I had no doubt that the daughter cared about her mother very much but I also know that the main reason that the mother was in that hospital bed was because her very loving daughter did not want to place her in a nursing home where she COULD get the right kind of care that was needed, physically. Emotionally, the daughter was wonderful. But caring about someone and giving good care aren't the same thing. The mother arrived to my unit with pressure ulcers and dehydrated, with her meds all screwed up because the daughter should have hired help and didn't. Tell me, is this how she should care for her mother? She can love her but should delegate the care of her physical body to those who can do it best. In this case, ME!

I care that my patients get better and leave to go back to their homes. I take pleasure in knowing that I have helped people to feel better and sometimes regain some independence. I am not a mean ogre who doesn't care if people live or die, of course I care about that, but you need to be remember that good nursing isn't about emotional attachment, caring about someone with the kind of depth you would for your own family. I think that being attached to patients is what burns out too many new nurses honestly, they try to become some kind of personal angel to people who will use them up and then they have nothing left to give. ME, I can give great care and still go home to love my family because they aren't drawing from the same well.

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I wouldn't be a nurse for free and I certainly don't go to work for the fun of it, however, I also wouldn't work somewhere I hated unless I was literally starving. Not just homeless, but homeless and starving. I definitely wouldn't put forth the money and effort required to become a nurse if I didn't want to be one and was just in it for the money. Trust me, the money isn't that good.

Find something that interests you at least.

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Kamilah Coney has 6 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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As much as I love being a nurse, I would be lying to myself if I said $$$$$ didn't play a part in assisting my decision to become a nurse. But to speak honestly, I couldn't see myself doing anything else. I've held several "jobs" that I can truthfully say I ONLY did for the money. Nursing isn't one of the "jobs" I do just for the money.

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I could make a lot more money elsewhere. I am definitely NOT in it for the money, although I do make a good salary in Managment. I am in it because it is what I love. I have loved it for 40 years. Never regretted being a nurse. I am disappointed that anyone would be in this career for the money. It takes much more than that to be a nurse.

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Kamilah Coney has 6 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Registered Nurse.

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I could make a lot more money elsewhere. I am definitely NOT in it for the money, although I do make a good salary in Managment. I am in it because it is what I love. I have loved it for 40 years. Never regretted being a nurse. I am disappointed that anyone would be in this career for the money. It takes much more than that to be a nurse.

It's sad to say, but there are way too many in this profession just for job security. I was first introduced to them in nursing school. Then I saw them in my first few years as a private duty nurse. They were by far, the most awful nurses I have ever met. I love being a nurse!!!

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