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 Jobs.org 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!!!