Are you one of those who flourished and living their dreams or are you like the rest who are famished and on the verge of giving up their hopes of getting to the “land of milk and honey”?
Regardless of your answer, we all know that every nurse is struggling and no one can argue on that. Perhaps, you are finding it hard to maintain your job, to make ends meet, to juggle your professional and personal lives, to deal with your coworkers, to provide quality care to your patients, or to decide whether to push through with Nursing or not. Name it, nurses struggle with it. However, we already know that Nursing is not a piece of cake to begin with. And now that “Nursing” as a financially-rewarding profession has lost its sparkle over the years (at least for those who consider Nursing as such), we can never blame anyone but ourselves for the fact that the number of unemployed /underemployed nurses in the country has reached its 300,000+ mark this year. For this reason, we are occasionally faced with the same question: “Is there really a life after Nursing?”
I will bravely respond to that by saying “Yes, there is!” but it depends if you will look at the glass as half-empty or half-full. But of course, you can never make it to this life by relying on optimism alone. Optimism with passion and determination will take anyone in greater heights full of rare opportunities. But then again, one must have the passion to push through…
Let’s start with this question: Do you really love Nursing with all your heart and soul? Do you still see yourself working as a nurse for the next 10 years? 20 years? or for the rest of your life?
I know a lot of nursing graduates who just took Nursing for a lot of wrong reasons and this is one of the reasons why I’m asking you the question. Ask yourself, “Am I one of them?” Nursing is a serious job that entails high level of accuracy, dedication, and untarnished caring attitude. We all know that like doctors, nurses handle real lives and thus considered as practicing the intricate art of Nursing. Hence, if your heart has been longing for something else, then do yourself a big favor and go after what you really want to do in life. I know it’s not easy but if you already made a mistake by choosing the course you really didn’t like in the first place then what is the sense of making your life a living purgatory by pursuing something you’re not passionate about? If you want something, better go for it now than to spend the rest of your life in regrets. Listen, we all make mistakes but remember that it’s not how strong you start but how well you finish in life that matters.Listen to your heart and don’t pretend that you love Nursing when, in reality, you actually don’t. Love for Nursing should always be unconditional, not half-baked.
On the other hand, if you think you have what it takes to be a full-fledged nurse, or you have the heart to pursue the profession that you sometimes consider yourself as a reincarnated version of our dear Florence Nightingale, then good for you and good luck for the path you choose. Nursing is a rewarding profession but challenging at the same time. Life after your Nursing degree is assured already as long as you have the right kind of mentality and disposition for the profession. Nursing is not just confined within the four corners of the hospital so you ought to think outside the box especially if nursing jobs inside hospitals are just as rare as precious gems. Your survival will never be a problem as long as you focus on your patients’ survival. In the Philippines,for example, signing yourself up as an unpaid trainee or volunteer is already a test of survival itself. You should never complain and always put your best foot forward on your everyday hospital journey. If you really have that “secret” ingredient, then hardships for you will just be part of the learning process and securing a nursing job overseas will just come as an added bonus for all your sacrifices and not the “ultimate” goal of all your goals.
Though most of us are still wondering what kind of future awaits our nurses, let’s always remember that there is “life” after Nursing and that this profession is not a dead end that could limit someone from going after what he/she really wants. Life is all about choices and listening to one’s heart. You don’t have to ask for a “sign” to pursue something because if that is really your passion, it will just chase and haunt you every single moment of your life. Life is too short so if Nursing is your true calling then you’re lucky for having such a gentle heart but if your passion leads you to something else, grab it and start anew. There’s more to life than blaming your school, the government, your family, Nursing or even God for ending up a schmuck without any job at all. Possibilities are endless if you just open your eyes, embrace every difficulty, and accept the truth that there is life after Nursing.
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