Are You A Nurse By Heart?
What it means to be a nurse by heart
Sounds cheesy, I know. However, how many times have you been asked "why did you become a nurse?"
I always freeze up with that response. However, one day it dawned on me. The only feasible answer I could think of was "Well, I'm a nurse by heart!"
Still... cheesy, I know. Here's my logic:
Yes, a steady job is great, and yes I care about helping people and public service and <insert noble characteristics here> . However, I have days when the burnout is REAL and I lose sight of why I chose this career.
A nurse by heart is something subsconscious. Can I define it? No, but I'm going to try. Being a nurse at heart requires an inner level of self-love and self-awareness of purpose. The only time I feel that I'm a nurse at heart is when one of my patient's does something subtle, and often times non-verbal to acknolwedge my purpose to them in that moment- a subtle hand hold, brief eye-contact, a smile, a laugh.
It's those brief moments where my heart burns and the tears swell around my eyes, that I realize why I'm a nurse. Then I take a deep breath, and carry on...
If you've ever felt this... then I think it's safe to say that you're a nurse by heart too.
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