Though it can be physically exhausting, and often times a true test of your strength, nursing offers unique emotional fulfillment, unlike any other career path. In this profession, you’ll find that the benefits far outweigh any of the challenges. The happy tears will be just as valuable as the sad ones, and the impact you will have on your fellow human is simply immeasurable. And it’s true that when your heart is in it, it’s less ‘work’ and more of a “calling.” We’ve highlighted a few of these emotional incentives below.
- Compassion: Gandhi – the epitome of compassion – is quoted to have said, “The best way to find yourself is to get lost in the service of others.” In helping to heal others when they are at their most vulnerable state, you will experience compassion for another human being like never before. Not only will they remember the positive impact you made throughout their lives, but compassionate care can also play a direct role in increasing the coping levels of patients.
- Camaraderie: Nursing is not a solitary job, and it certainly takes more than one medical professional to care for a patient. When several people come together for a greater purpose, strong friendships and solid professional relationships are also created. Also, nurses share an uncanny ability to bond through humor. (And we think nurses probably have some of the best senses of humor, maybe as a result!)
- Feeling Valued: It’s no surprise (to just about anyone) that nursing is a tough job, to say the least, and those equipped with the skills to be a great nurse should be heralded and cherished. It may not always feel like it, but nurses are looked up to and held in such high regard. When their family member or loved one is receiving medical care, you are their first advocate, and sometimes, their first impression of the medical facility.
- You’ve got options: One of the best things about a career in nursing is that unlike some paths, you’re not limited in career growth. Not only do you have the ability to choose what type of facility you will work within (hospital, clinic, small practice, school, etc.), but you also have many opportunities to work within varying units, departments, and even nursing specialties. Having this option is always nice and helps to cultivate personal and professional growth. It also helps avoid burnout, which can infect other career fields.
You will discover completely unique emotional rewards in your own experiences as a nurse, and each will be important to you in different ways.
What are some of the personal rewards you have found in your career? We’d love to hear your story, so please share your experiences with us on one of our campus Facebook pages below.