Friday, October 16, 2009

A Bit of This, A Bit of That

Just wondering...

When you are a nurse, how do you define career success? Nursing is not a status symbol profession. Nurses are rarely singled out for doing a good job. The best of nurses aren't necessarily at the top. There aren't really hierarchical ladders to climb, no one gives us certificates. Our profession is associated with trust from the public, but it is not associated with public admiration or awe, like physicians recieve. If a business person fails to perform his/her job properly, they may not get a raise or a promotion. If a nurse fails to do his/her job properly, it probably means that a patient wasn't recieving proper care.

Success for me is waking up every day and absolutely loving my work. Success is always being professional, and always providing safe care. It is important to me to have a life outside of my job, and to be able to have time to take care of myself, my family, and my friends. I would like to make a difference to a lot of people. I really hope that there is more to life than paychecks, and fancy offices, and plugging in hours at work.

Is being average really a bad thing? What is "average" anyways? Is being memorable necessarily a good thing?
Any thoughts?


  1. A career can be as memorable and unaverage as you make it. Think of all the doctors who just do the routine job every day, and nothing exceptional. Think of nirses like Tilda Shalof who can write about their jobs and the psychological experience of nursning. She can make what she does memorable.

    True, being a lawyer or musician may have a higher potential for stellar success and recognition, but all jobs (and lives) are what you make them.

  2. please write another entry soon!

  3. Career success is how many "Thank You" cards that you get from your patients. I also know plenty of nurses who used to work the floors and now run the hospitals. Nurses are more admired than you think.


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