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What You Appreciate About Nursing

Nurse Appreciation Week--what exactly does that mean?

Do you feel more appreciated this week than all the others? Does your employer do something special that makes you feel like all the hard work is worth it? Do your patients bend over backwards to give you their thanks?

While it's nice to have a week that's all our own, if we're counting on others to make us feel good about our jobs, we may be waiting a long time.

We have to love the job for the job itself. And in my opinion, there's lots to love!

Nursing is the greatest career in the world as far as I'm concerned. If you've read any of my posts, you already know my feelings about that. I've talked about the joy in caring for patients, having tons of flexibility with types of jobs and hours, the fact that we're always learning, and about a hundred other things that make me love this profession.

Now it's your turn. Instead of talking about Nurse Appreciation Week, I want to switch it around. I want you nurses to talk about what you appreciate about nursing.

Tell us why it's the best profession out there. Because the truth is, we all need to be reminded now and then why we love it. It's sort of like Oprah's idea of writing down five things you're grateful for every day. Some days you have to look a little harder than others, but you'll always find them.

So go ahead and get started. Appreciate away.

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2 Responses to “What You Appreciate About Nursing”

  1. Christian Polinag Says:

    i think touching and making a difference on people’s lives are the things that gets me through the day.Being a nurse is really a stressful job specially when you’re just reaching my seventh month as a nurse and its hard as hell.You make mistakes and they made you feel small everytime.when bad things happen, i just thik of the good things that happen on my shift and im good to go again.God bless us nurses!

  2. Kim Says:

    Being able to make a difference is what it’s all about. There are really frustrating days, but all it takes is seeing one person whose life in someway you helped and it makes all the frustration melt.

    I remember one patient who I did not think would make it. We even had her kids come in so they could say good-bye, but little by little, she made progress and transferred out of the ICU. About a year later, she came walking back in with her family just to say hi. I don’t think she will ever know how much that meant to me, and how much strength that gave me to keep pushing on, and never loose hope for anyone!

    It really only takes a few situations like that to happen to you, and you can pull on them for strength and joy for the rest of your life!

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