You know those nurses and those techs. The ones who are clearly “in it for the money.” When someone asks me one of my pet peeves–the first one that comes to mind is when people hate their jobs. I mean come on, life is just to short to live that way. If you hate your job, quit. Right now. We are in a great economy right now, go find another one. And if you can’t, that’s understandable, but please at least try to get a change in perspective. Especially when you are taking care of the lives of human beings, you have to be passionate about your career. It is so easy to pick out those people in your workplace, and trust me, the patients know too.
Now I know there will be seasons where the passion fades, and I don’t blame you for that. It has happened to me. What I would hold you to is choosing to stay in that position. Maybe you need a change. Or maybe you just need to realize your “why” of what you originally chose to do what you do. Maybe you need to fall back in love with nursing.
So how do you distinguish if you need to move on, or if you need to stay? I am in no means an expert, but I choose to go into full-time ministry after college. And I knew I needed a change. So I was terrified, but I took a step. Just one step in a different direction, and started applying for nursing jobs. Maybe you need to take just one step? Do you feel in your heart, that even though you complain at your job, that it might still be where you need to be? How can you find this change in perspective I’m talking about?
I suggest you write down why you originally wanted to be a nurse. What has changed since then? How have your dreams changed? How has your family evolved? And then figure out why you still want to be a nurse. And let me give you a hint: It should never be about the money. Yes, money is important and needed for daily living, but it is not the end all be all. You need something more to live for. You deserve more in your career.
Luke 12: 15, ” Take care and be on your guard against all greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Check out my post Well Hello There! to see more of my vision for nursing. If you are in it for the money you will be dissatisfied every time. If you are in it for the people and for the passion–then there is no stopping you! So watch out world. Be sure to write down your “why” and put it a place you will be reminded that your work is your passion.
Let’s be passionate together,