Life Lessons: What You Learn from Nursing

NursingAugust 07, 2014

The life lessons that you will learn as you go through your nursing program — and for the remainder of your nursing career — will open your eyes as well as your mind to the realities of the world. You will see things that will make you appreciate the people around you and the privileges that you enjoy that much more.

Here are three examples of the perception-changing life lessons that you may learn in your time as a nurse:

Matters of Importance

Think of all the things that matter in your life: Your family, your health, your character and your nursing career are all likely at the top of this list. Material things are nice, but do they really count for much in the long run? All that truly matters is that you have clothes on your back, a roof over your head and food to eat. In times of need, your self determination will keep you strong and your family will keep you encouraged. During your nursing career, you are likely to witness serious illnesses such as cancer, and some people may be infirm and confined to a wheelchair. You may see children that are homeless, impoverished or who have been abused. In light of all of these things, you will learn to feel compassion for others and serve them selflessly. These people will remember the kindness that you show them; this is what it feels like to make a difference in someone else's life.


When your children or other loved ones are not feeling well, it is most likely you who takes care of them. There will be times when you feel like collapsing from exhaustion, but that doesn't mean you should give in. When you see someone that you love in pain or not feeling well, it will be your instinct to want to provide them with comfort and safety. You will endure because you care. Your inner strength will overwhelm you and keep you going. As a nurse, you will source this endurance from the knowledge that your patients need you. It takes a special person to want to help people in this way: It takes a nurse.

Learning from Others

There is a wealth of knowledge to discover when you take the time to sit back and listen to others. Every person has something to teach you. Teamwork requires a team. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish when you and your co-workers work on the same goals together. People you meet along the way as a nurse will have stories to tell you. Remember: Being a good listener is an art. Many people just want someone to hear their opinions. The next time someone speaks, no matter how old they are, how ill they are or where they have come from, sit back and lend them your undivided attention. You will probably learn more than you thought possible.

Working as a nurse involves so much more than what you do on a single shift. You can carry the life lessons that you learn in your heart and apply them in your life each and every day.

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