Why does Nursing have to be a passion?

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Why does nursing have to be a passion?

Why? 

Wuzzie

4,895 Posts

Who says it does?

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

1,261 Posts

Specializes in PICU. Has 17 years experience.

Doesn't have to be a passion. 

Any job you need to be able to tolerate enough.  Some people like their jobs, some love their jobs.  Some just are at a job because they are good at it.

Think about other proferssions.  You would never ask an IT person if they are passionate about their jobs, and administrative assistant, program planner, etc.  Nursing should be no differemt.

Personally, I like my job, I don't enjoy every single day, but overall I am happy and enjoy what I do, passion seems to belittle the work I do. 

RNperdiem, RN

4,572 Posts

Has 14 years experience.

"Passion" is asking too much. I aim more for "satisfaction". Some nursing jobs will give satisfaction and a sense of purpose. 

Guest1201734

6 Posts

I really don’t need understand why people make such a big deal about motivation within Nursing it’s so stupid and honestly very tiresome.

Wuzzie

4,895 Posts

29 minutes ago, S8317823 said:

I really don’t need understand why people make such a big deal about motivation within Nursing it’s so stupid and honestly very tiresome.

Again, who is making such a big deal? 

Tegridy

550 Posts

Specializes in Former NP now Internal medicine PGY-3.

No. It has to pay the bills. Anything else is icing on the cake. 

klone, MSN, RN

14,406 Posts

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 17 years experience.

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londonflo

2,342 Posts

Specializes in oncology. Has 46 years experience.
23 hours ago, RNNPICU said:

Doesn't have to be a passion. 

 

23 hours ago, RNperdiem said:

"Passion" is asking too much. I aim more for "satisfaction".

 

20 hours ago, S8317823 said:

I really don’t need understand why people make such a big deal about motivation within Nursing it’s so stupid and honestly very tiresome.

Please look elsewhere for an education... no one in  healthcare is suitable for a mind set as yours. Somewhere you lost any semblance of caring at home. .........YOU do not belong in healthcare whether it be animal health or human health. Look for a field dealing with non breathing animals....like geology. Yes rocks....rocks will suit you. 

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 9 years experience.

Like others have mentioned... it doesn't have to be a "passion." That's too "black and white" sort of thinking in my opinion... To expect yourself to be passionate about nursing is expecting too much of yourself. People go into nursing for many different reasons. 

For me it's a job that matches my values and personality: I like helping people. I like learning, teaching, and being challenged. I like having unique skills and knowing what to do in an emergency. When at work, I work hard and am proud of my work ethic. I am creative, detail oriented, focused, a busy body, and enjoy understanding how things work (especially with the human body) - so being a critical care nurse suits me well. 

There's a lot of options / variety (with both specialties and environment), and job security. Nursing isn't a career path I see going obsolete anytime soon. The pay may appear unfair at times considering the number of hats we have to wear every day we show up to work, however, its worth it to me. 

You learn how the body works, which is helpful in taking care of your own - you only get one body in a lifetime.

Nursing allows opportunity to learn unique, technical, and life saving skills both in hospital / clinic / etc for the patients, and also when there's an outside hospital emergency. It's an amazing feeling when you know what to do to help someone outside of work. (Personal example - during holiday party I was at one year, an overworked, stressed, smoking, drinking young male working on Capitol Hill suddenly lost consciousness. He was outside near steps, and went head first down each metal step. Head bleeding happened quick and fast. Everyone froze. I took charge. I told people what to do & what NOT to do. 911 dialed immediately. I did neuro assessments, controlled bleeding, kept him awake, flat, in place/no moving, kept warm, safe, and EMS arrived to scene within minutes. The guy was okay, and was so thankful. I was thankful that being a nurse gave me the skills to help this person so that he ended up okay). 

Although it is frustrating at times being a nurse sometimes... being a nurse forces you to learn hard life lessons that some people never learn how to grasp let alone master, such as: good communication skills, discipline, self awareness, understanding human behavior, critical thinking, comfortable with discomfort, etc.

End of day, pros outweigh the cons for me. I enjoy being a nurse more than I dislike it, it pays the bills, and I appreciate what nursing has taught me. 

Tenebrae, BSN, RN

1 Article; 1,806 Posts

Specializes in Mental Health, Gerontology, Palliative. Has 11 years experience.

It pays the mortgage, gives me enough left over to indulge my crafting addiction

If something else came along that paid similar, was more interesting and intriguing than my current role and less hard on my body I'd probably take the opportunity 

Specializes in Home Health,Peds. Has 19 years experience.
On 11/30/2022 at 6:42 PM, londonflo said:

Please look elsewhere for an education... no one in  healthcare is suitable for a mind set as yours. Somewhere you lost any semblance of caring at home. .........YOU do not belong in healthcare whether it be animal health or human health. Look for a field dealing with non breathing animals....like geology. Yes rocks....rocks will suit you. 

Why did you reply to them the way you did?

Did they say something wrong?