Things Nurses Should Be Thankful For

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Our life isn’t exactly ordinary. We’ve seen many things other people haven’t seen before. Experienced life-and-death situations more than others outside the healthcare profession. We’ve seen events from womb to tomb. In other words, our job is one of the most stressful ones out there. We go everyday trying to complete the tasks assigned to us. Tons of paperwork await us each day. It’s safe to say that we are very busy professionals. But in the midst of all this flurry of work, have we ever paused and took some time to be thankful? After all, we worked so hard to be where we are right now and despite all the stressors nursing life has given us, there are still a lot to be thankful for.

For the opportunity of meeting interesting people

In a profession like ours, we meet and deal with people from all walks of life. Some we get to meet once, some we get to interact to a lot of times. Nevertheless, many of them taught us lessons that may or may not have impacted our nursing careers and even our lives.

For the privilege of collaborating with many other disciplines in meeting the needs of patients

In our aim to provide the best and quality care to our patients, we get to work with many talented and respected professionals from other fields. Working with them gives us the opportunity to see the perspectives these healthcare professionals have to offer especially in complex medical or psychosocial situations where we lack the expertise and the skill set required to manage challenging patients.

For the chance to be so many things to so many people

We can be advocates, we can be teachers. We bathe patients. We insert IV cannulas. We put up with families. We deal with doctors. We perform complex nursing tasks. We perform tasks others would shy away from. We help save lives. The list goes on. We can be so many things as nurses.

For being paid enough

Others may complain about this saying our job doesn’t pay that well, that it would take a long time for us to become millionaires given our salary,  but can we just pause and be thankful that we get paid enough to pay our bills, to buy food, to get ourselves clean clothes and to live a comfortable life? It would help to remember that we’re doing better than a lot of people these days. We should be grateful for what we have.

For having a secured job

Nursing is considered as one of the most secured jobs. With tons of subspecialties, we shouldn’t worry about being left jobless, there’s always room for us.

For always having the space for improvement

You can never go stagnant in nursing. Every day we learn. Every day we thrive. There will always be things to learn about, there will always be opportunities for growth. We can always go back to school if we want, or attend seminars and trainings to help us improve. Some may not know this, but there are lots of continuing education opportunities available for nurses.

For having the opportunity to save lives

We may not be supermen, nor do we have supernatural powers to save the world. But we can save lives through our own ways, given our educational background. We promote health. We prevent diseases. We assist patients to recovery. We get to make a difference in people’s lives

In a busy profession like ours, it is easy to just go on and lose sight of what’s valuable. May we always acknowledge and be grateful of what’s in front of us. Nursing may be a difficult profession, but it sure is fulfilling.

Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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