Ah, the old debate about "for the money vs calling" nurses.
I have a problem with this debate as a whole. Actually I have a handful of them.
Ok, it's more like a truck load.
* Not many nurses actually fall into either category (for the money or for the calling). While we may associate ourselves with one belief system more than the other, the truth is we're all a bit of both. In short, while we may debate one side or the other, we tend to be more alike than different once the talking stops and we have to go to work.
In my experience there really are no pure "for the money" or "for the calling" nurses.
* The whole debate is obese with assumptions.
Biggest one is that the "for the money" crowd is lazy, and the "for the calling" crowd is harder working. This is so not what I've witnessed. In fact, this assumption is the polar opposite of what I have seen. My experience shows me, more often than not, the loud "for the calling" crowd (or at least the ones who claim to be, me.......again, I don't think the two sides actually exist) is just covering up their work performance shortcomings with this "God says it has to be this way" attitude.
Another one is that the "for the calling" crowd are less likely to practice critical thinking or that they can't prioritize their day.
How about the one that the "for the calling" crowd is more in touch with their people?
Heard the one that people "for the money" call off more?
I could keep going. None of them are fact based.
* I don't know a single volunteer nurse. Not one. Not one that does direct patient care anyway. Sooooooo.......................
We are all doing it for money. If you accept a paycheck, you've done it for the money.
* How is the argument from either side even slightly valid?
Umm...........nursing doesn't make us rich (as many have pointed out). So, how is it "for the money" or not?
I don't know what to say. Truth is, I just find a debate about two teams who don't exist and which one is more right a bit on the pointless side.
Reminds me of the comic book fights the boys in grade school used to get into. "Who would win, Superman or Mighty Mouse?". And they truly got in fist fights about it.