Remembering Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs, Self-Actualization sits alone atop of the needs pyramid (behind physiological, safety, social, and esteem needs). Maslow described self-actualization as “What a man can be, he must be”.
PASSION: Why am I here?
I am here because of my vested interest and enthusiasm to care and offer and helping and healing hands to the sick and needy. My innate and high degree of compassion and caring toward other human beings, is what drives my desire to truly make a difference. I stay in the nursing profession to make a difference. I am not only passionate about taking care of other human beings and making a difference in their patients’ lives, but strive to make a difference in their facilities, communities, government, and professional organizations.
Remembering Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs, Self-Actualization sits alone atop of the needs pyramid (behind physiological, safety, social, and esteem needs). Maslow described self-actualization as “What a man can be, he must be”. This level of need pertains not only to what my full potential is, but realizing that potential. I become a nurse because I wanted to accomplish a higher degree of education and skill in order to attain self-actualization. I stay in the profession to continue my education and continue to excel in skill and knowledge base in an effort to gain self-actualization which would strengthen my confidence and render efficient care for patients and families.
MOTIVATION: What moves me to act?
The smiles, the positive remarks and satisfaction expressed from families and staff gives me that inner fulfillment and personal achievement. This , I get after caring for somebody in best way I could makes me feel rewarded and a desire to go back and do more . I can go home knowing that I have fulfilled my reason for being a nurse for that very day which is, making a difference in someone’s life.
I always try to remember if that patient was me or a love one, I would like the people involve to render safe and efficient care. I know sometimes we just cannot be there no matter how much we want but if I can be there as much as possible I feel I am doing the best I can.
My Effective goal setting is also a source of motivation for me. My goal is to render safe and efficient care. I try to hold confidence and believe in the ability to reach those goals, for the attainment will lead to a successful career.
INSPIRATION: What keeps me in motion?
I enjoy most about being a nurse is the opportunity to comfort and offer a helping hand to others during stressful times. Most inspiring to me is patient and their families expressing positive words and expressions that are recognized and appreciated, throughout the day and in my career this far. It definitely might have been an impact I made on the patient.
I enjoy the opportunity to make a difference in a patient’s life. Whether it’s through teaching, providing care or supporting a family. Each aspect of care allows me to give personally of myself and feel rewarded at the end of the day, knowing I made a difference. I anticipate that my inspiration to becoming and outstanding nurse who positively affect patients, practice, and profession.
LOYALTY: Whom do I serve?
Nurses come from a culture of caring, characterized by concern and consideration for the whole person. Nurses recognize that patients are more than a set of symptoms that need to be treated; they look at the physical, spiritual, emotional, and psychosocial needs of the individual. What this ultimately means for patients is that nurses will listen to them, advocate for them, and provide the information they need to make informed decisions—and then support them in those decisions. With increased customer satisfaction comes the likelihood of customer loyalty. Nursing plays a tremendous role in customer loyalty. Patients will change pharmacies, medications, and payers, but don’t mess with their nurse! They are loyal to the nurse because he or she offers a personal and therapeutic touch. No one spends more time interacting with the patient than the nurse.
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