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Are You A Nurse By Heart?

Are You A Nurse By Heart?

What it means to be a nurse by heart

Sounds cheesy, I know. However, how many times have you been asked "why did you become a nurse?"

I always freeze up with that response. However, one day it dawned on me. The only feasible answer I could think of was "Well, I'm a nurse by heart!"

Still... cheesy, I know. Here's my logic:

Yes, a steady job is great, and yes I care about helping people and public service and <insert noble characteristics here> . However, I have days when the burnout is REAL and I lose sight of why I chose this career. 

A nurse by heart is something subsconscious. Can I define it? No, but I'm going to try.  Being a nurse at heart requires an inner level of self-love and self-awareness of purpose. The only time I feel that I'm a nurse at heart is when one of my patient's does something subtle, and often times non-verbal to acknolwedge my purpose to them in that moment- a subtle hand hold, brief eye-contact, a smile, a laugh. 

It's those brief moments where my heart burns and the tears swell around my eyes, that I realize why I'm a nurse. Then I take a deep breath, and carry on... 

If you've ever felt this... then I think it's safe to say that you're a nurse by heart too. 

Comment below why you're a nurse by heart!

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