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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 a typical day like for you?

Every day is different. The beginning of the day could start out fine, and a patient’s condition could take a turn for the worse. You have admissions and discharges. Every day is different. It never gets monotonous or boring.

One of the best things about working in this hospital is the staff. I can’t think of one person I don’t like. … We work very closely together. I really think Our Lady of Peace is the nicest place I’ve worked.

Do you have any advice for others who are thinking of going into nursing?

I think probably the best advice is maybe to work as a volunteer in a hospital or work as a patient care provider, what we called a nurse’s aid when I began. When I began my classes, we had 30 people. When we were halfway done with our clinicals and we started taking care of people, a lot of people started dropping out. It’s not always what people think. But there are also a lot of nursing jobs that don’t require bedside care.

© YellowBrix 2008


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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

    about 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

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

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

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    laura59

    over 6 years ago

    408 comments

    Good article.

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    sweetaquariuscocoa

    over 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

    over 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

    over 6 years ago

    126 comments

    i agree totally agree ^^

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    pezzy

    over 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

    over 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

    over 6 years ago

    13876 comments

    Agree

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    Account Removed

    over 6 years ago

    Totally agree!

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    mashell4

    over 6 years ago

    1066 comments

    great article!1

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    Done

    over 6 years ago

    362 comments

    Nice snapshot of nursing.

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