Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What is Nursing?

"A dog's a dog - but a cat's a cat
A cat is not a dog"

Firslt, let me tell you what nursing is not...
Nursing is not the profession you enter when your are not good enough to become a medic,
or when your grades aren't good enough for other courses of study.
It's not 'just women's work'.
It's not the way to get into other careers or professions.
It's not the job for someone who just wants to serve (or meet and marry) a member of another profession.
It's not a job that you will leave behind you when you go home for the day because everywhere you go you will bring yourself as a nurse.
Nursing is a profession in its own right, with its own history, and its own way of looking at the world.
Nursing is something that will become part of you, will guide you the way you think and act in every situation, not just at work.
Sometimes people jokingly say that
becoming a nurse is a terminal disease
because it will be there,
part of you,
until you are no more.
The way you see the world, and the people in it, will be coloured by your nursing knowledge and judgement.
So, stepping into nursing is not just entering a profession,
but it's allowing the profession enter you.
You might leave nursing and have other careers but what you learn as a nurse will always be a part of you..

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