Helping people! I get so much satisfaction out of a kind word, "Thank You!", hug or handshake when I've made a positive impact on another human being! Seeing a patient smile or laugh is very meaningful to me! There is no better feeling than that! Listening to a patient open his/her heart about his/her life and be able to shed a tear while I listen, hold them or just put my hand on their shoulder with a soft touch to let them know that someone cares!...Because, that's how I would want my family, friends or myself treated, at a vulnerable time. Nursing is about the emotional response, not just the physical or intellectual aspects (although I love the "technical" part of nursing, too; cause it is fascinating!)
It is so nice seeing the patients who recover and who are able to go back to the"normal" lives...That is very gratifying!....Or, even, the patients who die....Just being there and giving support to the family, friends or significant others....That's what it's all about....That basic human elements of compassion and selflessness!...That is why I became a NURSE...To help others in their time of need (because as an LVN, it certainly isn't because of the little money that I make). Some people may think I am unrealistic or "corney", but I am Christian and I believe in the "Golden Rule" and because of the words of St. Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.