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Servant's Heart a Requirement for Nursing Career

Servant's Heart a Requirement for Nursing Career

South Bend Tribune

May 12, 2009

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

I think it’s probably taking care of people who are terminal or who have sustained an injury or acquired an illness that alters their lifestyle. You have to see them trying to adjust to a different lifestyle. I’m glad I get to be part of that process of adjustment and help someone find an alternative lifestyle, so it’s kind of bittersweet sometimes.

The patients we get are medically complex. We’re an acute care hospital within Saint Joe. We have medically complex patients who stay with us for a while and we get to know the patients and the families and we become close with them. It’s good when they have a good outcome, but it can be also difficult. If they have a not-so-good outcome, it can be hard because we get to know their families and we get close to the patients.

What skills are necessary to do your job?

I think you have to be a people person. You have to have compassion. You learn the skills you need during your clinicals, but even before that you have to be compassionate. You have to be a servant because we serve patients and their families. You have to have a servant’s heart. I don’t look at nursing as just a job. It’s a calling, and you have to start with a compassionate heart.

Are there any misconceptions that people have about what you do?

I’m not sure. Maybe people might think that nursing is just about passing pills, but nursing is a highly skilled job. You have to be technologically savvy because all the charts and records are on the computer, now. The skill level of nurses is a misconception. There are so many fields in nursing that require a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, so nurses are becoming more and more educated.


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    vickielee1970

    over 5 years ago

    808 comments

    I think some people may misunderstand that a "servant's heart" means being humble and able to put another's comfort before our own, like Christ who humbled himself by washing his disciples' feet to show them how they should care for one another.

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    mrsbeck826

    almost 6 years ago

    34 comments

    Congratulations, Sue Dominiack, and God bless you! You have really helped me figure out some things, when it comes to nursing. I have been doing so much research, and truly believe that nursing is a calling. Some people look at it as a money making career, which is true, but how much more would you gain by helping others. You truly must have the heart of a servant to work as a nurse. At times, we hear stories of neglect, and I think that is widely because people don't have the heart and compassion for people, but they did pass tests. Unfortunately, I know there is no real way to weed these people out, but what's in darkness, must come to light.

    God bless you, and best of luck to you in all your endeavors.

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    bdavis21

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I totally agree... every nurse should start out as an aide...

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    laura59

    about 6 years ago

    408 comments

    Good article.

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    sweetaquariuscocoa

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I totally agree with this article. A compassionate heart is the foundation of this entire field.

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    RN2gradstudent

    about 6 years ago

    8 comments

    Well written. Like the author, I have also come up the "nursing ladder" from nurses'aide to RN. At every point in the journey I have been amazed and rewarded for the time spent with patients and their families. It can be a little overwhelming to realize how much influence a nurse can have on another individual. Good job!

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    wiyuna

    about 6 years ago

    126 comments

    i agree totally agree ^^

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    pezzy

    about 6 years ago

    388 comments

    I agree that we have to have a "servant" heart, a giving empathetic heart. We want to help others.

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    I am not a servant!!! I am a professional with an excellent education and 33 years of experience. Most everything I agreed with here, but this most emphatically I do not.

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    AbusyRN2go

    about 6 years ago

    13876 comments

    Agree

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    Account Removed

    about 6 years ago

    Totally agree!

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    mashell4

    about 6 years ago

    1066 comments

    great article!1

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    Done

    about 6 years ago

    362 comments

    Nice snapshot of nursing.

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