Nursing Voices

Thursday, October 05, 2006

I Love My Job

When I’m at work and I start feeling stressed out, I begin this mantra: “I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.” At first, my coworkers thought I was nuts. I told them this mantra keeps me calm, and if I stay calm, I won't start screaming in the nurses station.
Don’t get me wrong, I really do like my job, it’s the healthcare system that makes me pull my hair out. As a bedside nurse, I’m frustrated by what I see at work. Our healthcare system is falling apart. It's dysfunctional, making it harder for doctors and nurses to take care of their patients. There’s a new treatment being used today called “Brief Therapy.” No, I'm not kidding. I think an insurance company came up with the concept as a way of saving money.

When you're having a bad day at work, do you ever think about getting a new job? Nurses have so many options, the hardest part of getting a new job is deciding which offer to take. Years ago when I entered the nursing profession, nurses had few options; they could work giving bedside nursing care, or work in a doctor's office, clinic, or school. After a few years, some of my friends left nursing and got married. See our cover girl? She's trying to decide which path to take. Will she marry Dr. McDreamy or stay in nursing? Only time will tell.

The best thing about nursing is you can quit your job, go into a completely different field, and still be a nurse. Don’t believe me? Pick up a newspaper and look at the want ads, or better yet, go to Nursing for an up-to-the-minute list of available jobs. There are positions available in every imaginable arena.

This is a poem sent to me by one of my former coworkers. She tried my mantra, but it didn’t work for her. She's now working somewhere else.

I Love My Job
By Dr. Seuss

I love my job, I love the pay!
I love it more and more each day.
I love my boss, he's the best!
I love his boss and all the rest!

I love my office and its location,I hate to have to go on vacation.
I love my furniture, drab and grey, and piles of paper that grow each day.
I think my job is really swell,there's nothing else I love so well!
I love to work among my peers, I love their leers, and jeers and sneers.
I love my computer and its software.
I hug it often though it won't care. I love each program and every file.
I'd love them more if they worked a while.

I'm happy to be here. I am. I am.
I'm the happiest slave of the Firm I am.
I love this work, I love these chores.
I love the meetings with deadly bores.
I love my job - I'll say it again - I even love those friendly men.
Those friendly men who've come today,
In clean white coats to take me away!!!


Blogger Dr. A said...

Gotta like Dr. Seuss -- one of my favorite docs!

2:08 AM  
Blogger Julie, RN said...

That's pretty nifty. I like the poem!
I love my job, too, but my mantra is a little different: "Only 30 more years, only 30 more years, only 30 more years...."

5:03 PM  
Blogger The Curmudgeon said...

Wonderful poem. Dr. Suess writes just above my reading level....

But -- when my daughters express interest in nursing -- are you saying encourage them ('cause there are so many jobs) or discourage them (because the dysfunctional health care system is falling apart)?

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Hey doll, did you do an interview with NPR on nursing unions? Because some nurse with your name is going around speaking out!

7:08 AM  
Blogger Mother Jones RN said...

Welcome to my blog, Curmudgeon. You ask a very interesting question. My father always said,"Nursing is a great job. You won't get rich working as a nurse, but you'll always have a roof over your head and food on your table." He was right, of course, nursing has built in job security because people are always going to get sick. But if a nurse doesn't have a backbone, the A-Holes running the healthcare system will run them out of the profession. If your daughters have a strong will, can question authority, and a desire to care for others, encourage them to go into nursing. Lord knows we need more young people in the nursing profession.

Chris: No, that wasn't me on NPR, but I know who you're talking about. She and I are working together on the National Nurse Team. The Oregonian is publishing a story about her next week. Here's our webpage:

I hope things are going ok for you at school:-)

9:00 AM  
Blogger Mother Jones RN said...

Hold the presses.....nurse unions?
I didn't see that the first time I read your post.

I don't think my friend was talking about unions unless it was in the context of her state's nursing association. I think they are a union. I'll check with her.

Thanks for the heads up.

12:56 PM  
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3:27 AM  
Blogger frhe sjgg said...

Mother Jones,
That was hysterical !!!!! Great spoof ! And so very very true !!!!!
Glad I came to visit your website ! Will be back !

Should have another naughty story on mine Thursday.... But not about a nurse, just another E.R. regular --
a cop !!! hee-hee.

Be Safe.

Anne Elizabeth of Make My Cop Come

3:28 AM  
Blogger Lola2020 said...

How's this for cutting sevices...we had 81 patients reqiring beds in A&E and NO beds in the hospital. They have just closed 5 wards to save money....say no more. Our health service (UK) is totally on it's knees and will implode at any time. We haven't even had any cold weather yet...wait until the pneumonias start coming in. God only help us if bird flu takes off.....

5:03 PM  
Blogger ~Autumn said...

I'm so happy I found your blog. I'm a nursing student getting a 4 yr degree. When I decided on nursing I had 2 years of college under my belt and a 1yr old son. He's 5 now, has two sisters and I'm still not graduated. But soon.
It's good to hear there's life after nursing school and a nursing job.

and Oh God... Do I love McDreamy!

8:40 PM  
Blogger poojyan said...

Quite a thought provoking and motivating blog. Cheers.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

You chant to convince yourself or you can make a positive change by switching to another hospital. I went from dreading my job every time I went to work to offering myself to work extra shift since I love working at my new hospital. I found this at a really resourceful career website - Advance Jobs in Nursing.

You may want to think about switching to a different hospital. Not all hospitals are created equal.

9:55 AM  

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