Helping Before Earning (An essay about the Nursing Profession)

Nursing is an occupation. No, it’s a vocation.

That is my perception about Nursing as a profession. For me, it is more of a helping hand rather that a wealthy hand.

They say, being a nurse is having a big opportunity for pulling a nurse’s family out of poverty. Yeah, that may be true since the salary of a nurse, especially those who work abroad, is more than enough to sustain the needs of a family. Thus they are saying that nursing as an occupation is just taken for granted. But as a nursing student, who is mingling with both professional and student nurses, I can say that still, most of the nurses do not look after the money, but after the health of their patients.

After seeing that reality, I then realized that nursing is a vocation. Success in this field cannot be measured by how much had you earned, but by how many had you helped.

It is not easy to be in a hospital seeing the patients, together with their loved ones, suffering from the pains brought about by hospitalization. It is not easy to stand beside them without saying anything for giving false hopes should not be practiced by us. It is not easy to be blamed by their relatives if something wrong had happened to them.

But then, we stand still, for there are still those patients who had made us smile without them knowing. Those are the patients whom we know we had helped not only as nurses to improve their health status, but also as companions to be on their side whenever they need it.

That’s what nursing is all about. For nurses, it is always heart to help and not hand to earn.

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