Why did you become a registered nurse?

Think back to the time in your life when you decided to become a registered nurse. You were filled with great anticipation and excitement with a burning desire to help people. You frequently dreamed of the day when you would start working in a hospital or any other health care facility taking care of real live patients. Remember how you felt filling out the application for the college, university or nursing school of your choice and the sense of achievement you felt when you received notification that you were accepted into the nursing program. If you could go back to that time would you change your decision?

There are many men and women who have become registered nurses who wish they could go back and choose a different career. Why is this? What dimmed the torch you once held for your nursing career? Was it a difficult co-worker or several co-workers who were not supportive of you on a unit? Was it because of a manager who didn’t realize your potential and made your life miserable or was it because of the politics of the facility you work for – that made working as a nurse -caring for your patients merely impossible? There are many other reasons besides the ones I mentioned which may have been the reason your spirit for nursing was dampened. What would it take to get that spirit and desire you once had back?

Registered nurses are needed more than ever today and registered nurses continue to have more career opportunities than ever before. This is an exciting time to be a nurse. People are living longer, requiring the need for nurses to specialize in the field of geriatrics and since people are living longer, more nurses are needed to care for patients who have chronic illnesses. Nurses are also able to have their own private practice as nurse practitioners and other nurses may choose to work from the comfort of their home in telehealth. There are a myriad of possibilities for registered nurses.

Nursing is a calling and if you were fortunate to attend college, pass your nursing state boards and land that first nursing job, then there was a reason for you becoming a nurse. You are needed by the medical field. If you are not happy in your career, evaluate your present situation and begin to write a plan how you could stay in nursing but in a different field. We are great at writing care plans for our patients well-being, now it time to write one for your emotional well-being. Be kind to yourself – you deserve the best. You worked hard to get where you are, don’t be miserable.

Start making some changes. For instance if you’ve worked on a busy med/surg unit for years, consider a different field of nursing such as pediatric or dialysis. Making that change may make all the difference in your career. If you’re fed up with the politics of the healthcare facility you work for, don’t be afraid to apply to another facility. Change is good and may be just what you need to get that spirit, sense of excitement and anticipation you had back which you once had for the field of nursing.

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