My Nursing Identity Crisis
I think about nursing A LOT. I am called to be a nurse for my job and career, and I am very passionate about it. I feel strongly enough about the profession of nursing (and of course the patients we care for) that I felt compelled to create a whole blog about it! So yeah, because of these things, I end up thinking about nursing A LOT.
I love helping out and inspiring my fellow nurses.
After putting in time and effort on this blog for a couple of months, I was starting to feel like nursing was all there was for me. Like, it’s who I am as a person. And while it does contribute a huge part of who I am, it is just that—only a part. I got so wrapped up in following other nurses/medical professionals on social media, seeing what my peers are making of their nursing careers, and thinking about my husband’s MSN-FNP program, that I found myself in constant comparison with everybody. Feeling like I am “not good enough” because I’m not doing something “exciting” like this person or that person. Or furthering my education in pursuit of terminal degrees, etc. Like I wouldn’t be living up to my potential as a PERSON if I choose not to make something ‘TRULY GREAT” of my nursing career.
But after a little break from social media ALTOGETHER, I refocused and re-centered myself. I realize that being a nurse is not solely WHO I AM. I am so much more than just a nurse, and so is each and every nurse out there! That’s what makes every health care professional special! It’s how we can better relate to and care for our patients.
It’s so easy to wrap up your identity in your profession. Most people spend a majority of their time doing their jobs. When people meet you, they ask you what you do for a living. This is how people define you quickly. And that is ok. It is simply that. A quick way to describe you…”You know, Michelle? The nurse!”
And people describing me as “the nurse” still makes me feel good inside. I just need to remember that being a nurse and caring for other people is not solely who I am. That’s a sure-fire way to burn out when you are manifesting the role of nurse 100% of the time.
So don’t lose sight of your other hobbies and passions. Take care of yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t compare yourself to other people. These all seem like “duh” thoughts, but every now and then I lose sight of these things, and I want to remind you of these things as well. Don’t become a victim of the nursing identity crisis! (pretty sure I made this phenomenon up…hehe.)