What I Like Most About My Job

I have been asked (more times then I can count) how I can love my job so much when I bitch about it all the time. People have even pointed out that it doesn’t matter which facility I am working at, I still bitch. They seem quite perplexed when I respond “It’s the profession. It’s just the way it is.” Of course that’s when they ask if I love my profession and why I don’t just leave it for something else if its like that. Well, I’m not sure I can explain that to anyone who isn’t in the health-care profession. While the CNA, CMA and RN all have very different roles, I really think they would all understand (and agree with me) when I say that it is a job that you love and hate. I love that I am doing something that matters. I spend a lot of hours doing my job. I like knowing that what I do really matters. Its important. What is more important than taking care of people?! I love people. I like talking to people. I like being around people. I like working where things are kept busy by people coming and going. However, the job is hard. It is very stressful. After all, making a mistake can have very serious consequences. It is demanding. It is the kind of job that you don’t get to think about yourself while you’re at work because you’re too busy thinking about other people. It has the great joy of coming into the lives of so many people and getting the very real chance of making things better for that person. But, it also has the great sorrows of seeing those same people stumble and fail to meet their goals. The skilled patient that has to become long term care or the long term care patient that you have taken care of for years that passes away. Like everyone else that is close to us in our lives, these people touch us. The effect is two fold. We are blessed to know them and to be allowed into the very heart of who they are, yet we much watch them suffer and often die. There is nothing more heart breaking then watching the people you care about struggle and know that there is nothing that you can do to make the burden lighter. But these same people come to you with pictures of their grand children and tell you stories of their childhood. They speak to you of their hopes and their fears. It is amazing that so many people come into my life as a nurse and that at our hearts we are so very much a like. Humanity is a strong common thread. Working with it binds and units us, but it can also cut us deeply. So, I love being a nurse and cannot imagine leaving the profession. Yet, I struggle with the work…

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I am Myself I am a Wife Blessed with love I am a Mother Endowed with divinity Through the power of creation I am a Daughter Brought into this world With unending hope And the promise of the future I am a Sister Made fierce and strong While forged with kindness Protector and protected Spiraling together forever I am a Nurse Holding out the hands of healing And offering the sick comfort And the dying love Knowing that through this All things are healed and made whole I am a Writer Creating myself and world Sharing the inner depths of humanity Bringing together the divine And the humble mortal I tell the story of the Goddess And am remembered forever

Posted on July 21, 2010, in Prompts, The Pig's Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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