Why should Nurses Volunteer?
You have studied hard, endured late nights studying and skipped Friday party nights just to do well in you exams. You have gone through so much, saw your parents work hard to pay for your fees and help you graduate from nursing school. Now that you have finally reached your dream of becoming a Registered Nurse, it’s time to give back. It’s now time that you reap white you sowed, to earn your first income, to finally buy the simple things that you want through your hard earned money, to let your parents relax a little financially and slowly help them pay for the bills. But then there’s volunteer nursing.
A volunteer is defined as someone who works for a community or for the benefit of the environment, primarily because they choose to do so. When you come to think of it, it is not far from what we do as nurses. Nurses are often encouraged by employers to do volunteer work, but what’s in it for us? Do we really need to volunteer? Below are some reasons why you might want to consider doing volunteer work:
You can use your skills to help others.
You have been gifted, you know that. Through the years you have acquired certain skills and gained a great amount of knowledge. But how would you feel if you could use those to help hundreds of people, especially those people in need? Nothing less than amazing could describe that feeling. It feels extremely rewarding.
A plus in the resume
You have attended tons of seminars and trainings to bulk up your resume, but wait, it wouldn’t hurt if you add in a little extra, right? Especially if you are still new in this profession and have yet to experience a lot of things in the clinical area. Volunteer nursing would be a big help when it comes to improving your nursing resume in the sense that you have the experience of serving others. It gives you an edge amongst other applicants with no experience.
Learning new skills
Not everything is necessarily learned from the book. While you have read about certain conditions and diseases, you wouldn’t know for sure how to appropriately act on it until you experience handling it firsthand. Volunteering can open the door to new learning prospects that you may have not formerly considered or thought you were capable of doing
Through volunteering, you will be exposed to different scenarios and learn new skills especially those not stated in books that could come in handy in the future. You know what they say, experience is the best teacher.
It gives you a sense of satisfaction
Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and meaning. It makes you feel satisfied knowing that you, too, can help others in your own ways. It brings the feelings of inspiration, humility and gratefulness being in a position where you can also make a difference in your local community or further afield.
Meeting new people
Of course you will not only benefit in terms of learnings, but you will also encounter different sorts of people, some of which can actually turn into new friends. How would it feel meeting people sharing the same passion and drive? Better yet, you get to work with them, thus serving as an opportunity to help all of you grow as individuals learning from one another.
As a volunteer nurse, you would most likely, not get paid for your work, however, you will later on realize that the things that you reap through this experience are worth it. You may not be paid with a big amount of money, but at the end of the day, you will surely feel beyond contented. Hats off to you, volunteer nurses!