So you became a nurse and you thought an automatic sense of fulfillment would be achieved as soon as you received your respective credentials of LPN, RN, NP, etc. right? Wrong! I hate to tell you this but it is not true.
Now don't get it twisted as to what I saying, yes you should feel a since of achievement and pride as a nurse. I mean the nursing profession has been voted as the #1 most trusted profession once again for the 15th year in a row, so yes, you definitely have something to be excited about. But what I am talking about is when the excitement wears off because it will fade away, come back, and then fade away again as a continuous cycle during your time as a nurse and this is largely attributed to the lack of operating in your INTENTIONAL purpose as a nurse ( we will go into that much deeper later).
So I want to share with you 4 steps to start your journey of obtaining TRUE fulfillment as a nurse.
1. Know that the feeling of unfulfillment, uselessness, and at times unhappiness is totally normal even though you work in one of the most prestigious and highly respected professions. Listen, why I know all of us have attended some of the best nursing schools around the country that totally prepared us for the clinical aspect of nursing, they did not however educate us on the intentional and purposeful side of being a nurse. So don't think you are crazy and something is wrong with you because it isn't and at some point & time all nurse have felt these feelings.
2. Work in as many areas of nursing as you can. Yes, I know that your parents or mentors probably raised you with the belief that you need to get a job and stay there as long as possible and don't be a "job hopper", but this is different. You will always be a nurse and no one can take that from you and with that being said you are at an advantage in that you can "job hop" and explore as many areas of nursing as you can because this will help you to truly hone in on areas of that you like and areas you don't like at all.
3. Merge your personal and professionals passions. So here is the thing, everyday we wake up and go to work and eventually get to a point were we have the dreaded "I don't want to go to work" moment and we become resentful and unhappy because we see it as work. However when we do things that we are passionate about, if we were furloughed, we will do them everyday because if fulfills us and makes us happy. Let me give a quick example, if you love volunteering and working the church health fair then you need to find a way to merge that with your professional nursing skills and just maybe you are suppose to be a community nurse, I am just saying!
4. Get a MENTOR. Ok so remember that exceptional nursing school you went to that provided you with all the clinical skills you needed to be a nurse, the one thing they did not prepare you for is the day you are ready to walk away from the profession because of lack of fulfillment. Finding a mentor, someone who has been where you are, that you can go to in your low moments who will empathize with you but still push you to be great, is a priceless tool you can tap into. And if I can be honest, having a mentor is a requirement.
Nicole Thomas, MSN RN, CCM