Do you love what you do? Today is Valentine’s Day, a day that we traditionally celebrate love. I challenge you to make a difference by loving what you do.
Nurses from across the country shared their passion for the profession in survey response to the American Nurses Foundation in June of 2012. The purpose of the survey was to explore why nurses value their profession, their colleagues and themselves.
The desire to “make a difference” was the most common reason to become a nurse. Other reasons stated were:
I became a nurse because:
• Of my mother
• Job security and flexible hours
• To have a meaningful career
• Of a sense of pride I observed when I saw a nurse in action
• To be an example to my children
Nurses love their profession because:
• Its role in coordinating care
• How it provides caring from beginning to end
• Kids, elderly, (fill in the blank here to match the specialty)
• My passion for nursing
• It’s never boring
• My colleagues
• The power to make a change
America’s 3.1 million nurses make a difference by “transforming the nation’s health through the power of nursing”, the stated mission of the American Nurses Foundation. Love a nurse. Honor a nurse during the month of February, visit: www.givetonursing.org
And if you are not a nurse, don’t despair. You too, can LOVE what you do. Celebrate a love for what you do. LOVE making a difference. How do you do that?