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What are you thankful for?

Has 16 years experience.

We all know nursing is well, you know....

With Thanksgiving coming up, how about a discussion of why we're glad we do what we do? Finish this sentence: I'm glad I'm a nurse because:


Here's mine:

- In 13 years, I've never been laid off, never unemployed, and have never had to worry about where I was going to work. (unlike many of my friends and family). It may not always be my "dream job", but at least I can feed my family.

- I understand how valuable and fleeting that life really is. We really only are here for a short time- make every day count.

- Every day I can get out of bed, shower and get dressed, I thank God- because I know alot of folks who would give anything just to be able to do that much.

- nursing has taught me to value my friends and family- something many people don't learn in a lifetime.

BinkieRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg.

We all know nursing is well, you know....

With Thanksgiving coming up, how about a discussion of why we're glad we do what we do? Finish this sentence: I'm glad I'm a nurse because:


I have job security. Even if I did get laid off I could get another job within days.

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience.

I'm not a nurse yet... however I thank God that I Passed one of the most hardest exams I've had yet !!! whoohoo ! 5 exams down and so many more to GO !

Halinja, BSN, RN

Specializes in L&D, PACU.

I'm glad I'm a nurse because I have a job where I use my head and my heart....every day.

racing-mom4, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/ER.

I am thankfull:

1) I have a job that lets me use my mind and my hands.

2) I dont panic when I see blood spurting from my kids cuts.

3) That just yesterday the lady at the gas station saw me in my scrubs and asked if I was a nurse and when I told her yes she sincerly thanked me and told me nurses are gods angels.

4) I get paid a decent hourly wage for working part time and I can still go on all my kids field trips.

5) that I have the opportunity to actually be a rock for someone in thier time of need.

6) I have seen miracles 1st hand and belive in them.

Great post---sometimes we do need to step back and look at how lucky we truely are.

Medic09, BSN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ED, Flight. Has 10 years experience.

...because every shift I have a chance to be kind to someone. And I get paid for it!

...because I believe that every kindness we can share is our moment to share a little of God's love with another human brother or sister. Nursing gives me multiple opportunities to emulate God. And since I too often pass up the opportunity to be genuinely kind :o, I am grateful that I get repeat oppotunities! :) How cool is that?

Satori77, ADN

Specializes in Med Surg/Ortho. Has 2 years experience.

I am not a nurse...but I am thankful that I found this place. The people here are amazing and inspiring. :bow: That at 31, I finally know what I want to be grow up. :redbeathe

Keepstanding, ASN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 10 years experience.

i am thankful for my family. god has blessed me with an awesome family

i am thankful for my job, that i come to every day. each day is different and exciting.

i love it !

i am thankful for finances. that i have everything that i need and then some.

and i am thankful that the lord of my life is forgiving and merciful. every day i start afresh and he forgives me every time.

:heartbeat praiser

i am thankful for my family and the supportive husband i have. i am also thankful that i have the oppurtunity to go the college and become a nurse.

sissiesmama, ASN, RN

Specializes in ER, TRAUMA, MED-SURG. Has 22 years experience.

OP - great idea!

I m thankful for -

1 for my health

2 for my family -I have a wonderful hubbie and boys

3 for my parents and their good health, they are both still alive and well

4. for my level head after being a nurse, so I am able to keep my head and sense in an emergency

Anne, RNC

mama_d, BSN, RN

Specializes in tele, oncology. Has 10 years experience.

For the fact that being a nurse has taught me invaluable critical thinking skills to utilize in the other facets of my life

For the wonderful coworkers I have

For the opportunity going back to school has given me to show my kids how important education is and how hard work is rewarded

For being able to make a life long difference in someone's life


Specializes in Orthosurgery, Rehab, Homecare.

I am thankful for:

the patient's who have inspired me with their strength, touched my heart, made me laugh, made me cry and taught me to be a better person

the coworkers who have supported me in good times and bad

my family who has always believed in me

knowing better than to take what i have for granted

May peace be where you are,


rn2bn07, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac Tele, MICU RN.

I am thankful for the courage and strength God has given me in order to suceed in such a leadership and demanding field. We as nurses are all leaders and very resourceful to many friends and family, believe it or not they think we have the answers to everything.:icon_roll

I am also thankful for being the one to produce laughter and a change of thought, maybe just for a little while, with someone who has chronic pain, or an unexpected diagnosis.

I am even more thankful that although nursing is not an easy laid back job, I can always rely on this and call this my career and not my job, because it will follow me throughout my lifetime. I love it! :redpinkhe

danissa, LPN, LVN

Specializes in midwifery, NICU. Has 12 years experience.

I am Thankful for.... my really curly hair, as every morning, with straightening irons in hand..I have a choice!!!:D:bow::D

And seriously, more than anything else..for those I love and who love me....thats the only REAL thing to be thankful for!!!!


Specializes in A myriad of specialties.

I'm thankful for God (the only REAL--and most important--thing to be thankful for)who loves me and provides for me when I know deep down that I don't deserve it.

I'm thankful for a caring, loving husband, siblings and 8 grandkids!

I'm thankful for being provided a job through which I can make as little or as much as I want through the glory of overtime opportunities!


Specializes in Corrections, Cardiac, Hospice. Has 18 years experience.

I am so thankful for:

1) A wonderful supportive husband who supports me through any decision I have made since nursing school.

2) My two beautiful children who are healthy and happy.

3) A wonderful career that I love most days, lol.

4) A roof over my head and food on my plate. (My grandma told me all the time when I was growing up THIS is what makes ya rich!)

5) The miracles I have seen.

6) The honor to be at the bedside of those that die. (I often whisper in their ear to go to God and at times when I have cared for them for awhile and know they would appreciate the humor i ask them to remember to say nice things about their kind nurse when they meet him:nurse:)

7) My health! OMG! I see so many people who have spent their entire lives being sick. I thank God every day that I am healthy. I think this is why my weight don't bother me so much. My poor little frail cancer patients just break my heart!

This is a wonderful post. I am thankful to YOU for starting this thread! :)

I fairly often find myself losing perspective at difficult times in my life, and feel frustrated or sorry for myself when life circumstances (that are either "just life" or results of my own choices) get overwhelming. I am thankful for a job that I thoroughly enjoy, coworkers that I can laugh and cry with, a good living wage, a wonderful roommate, a fantastic and supportive best friend, the best and most supportive mother anyone could ever ask for, and last but certainly not least my own health and home.

I have many things to be grateful for, and I am especially grateful for those things and moments that remind me how truly lucky I am and continue to be. These times of reflection keep me motivated to stay on track and give me hope for the future.



Specializes in Operating Room Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I'm thankful most of my patients are asleep and that I don't have to deal with annoying relatives. I don't really care if this seems like a bad attitude, i'm sick of dealing with needy people. I can take better care of them without being constantly distracted.

I'm thankful I work mon to fri and can have a life outside of work and don't have ridiculous hours.

I'm thankful I don't work nights any more and have to take two temazepan and two panadeine forte just to be able to sleep for five hours in the daytime.


Specializes in Post Anesthesia. Has 30 years experience.

I'm thankful that as a nurse I'm able to work only weekends and aviod a lot of the politics and managerial busy work that infests M-F and still earn enough to support my family.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

I'm thankful to be back in floor nursing again! Even though it's kicking this 50-year-old butt, I am sooooooooo glad I escaped management and came back to what it's all about. Tonight, as I was passing out pills and changing wound dressings, I had a chance to talk with people as I haven't in years, getting to know them and hear their stories. That's what I missed so much, the human contact and the little moments of intimacy when patients drop their guard and confide in me. Yes, I'm VERY thankful for the privilege of making a difference again!

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