Welcome to Our Blog!

florence1WWelcome to my new blog “Make Florence Proud”, dedicated to my hero, Florence Nightingale.

I know, I know, some of you don’t want to hear her name because you still have nursing school nightmares of Nightingale’s nursing theory. But hey, we had to start somewhere. If it weren’t for Florence, society would still be rounding up prostitutes and poor women on the street to care for the sick. No one else wanted to do this dirty work. Is it still dirty work? You tell me! Though we’ve come a long way, we still have some clean up to do for ourselves and our profession. Dirty work isn’t just at the bedside. You know what I’m talking about. I’d like to hear from you. Future blogs will feature some of these topics.

This first blog post features “being called” to nursing.

The name Florence Nightingale is synonymous with selfless service, known as the ‘lady with the lamp’. Born in the lap of luxury, she turned her back on wealth and chose to follow her calling.

I was called to nursing. I knew I wanted to be a nurse since I was 11 years old. Don’t ask me how I knew; I just knew I wanted to be a nurse. I was fascinated with how the human body functioned and I loved helping the sick. As a fifteen year old candy striper (yes, I’m dating myself) I wasn’t allowed to go on the floors, I was supposed to just sit at the lobby desk…boring! One day, I snuck back to deliver flowers to a patient and guess what? Nurse Ratchet caught me! Back to the boring lobby desk I went.

How about you? Were you “called” to nursing? When? What does the word “calling” mean to you? Have you worked side by side nurses who weren’t called and are only “in it for the money”? How do you like working side by side with an uncalled nurse? I’d love to hear your story of how you were “called” to nursing. What attribute could be synonymous with your name?

“I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse.”
Florence Nightingale


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Welcome to Our Blog! — 8 Comments

  1. Melynda, you are a true leader in our ranks! Thank you for starting your Blog and giving us all a voice on themes and topics within nursing and more.

    I will say that my journey into nursing began in my late 20s when a wise woman asked me had I considered nursing (I was working with plants in a nursery and enjoyed the connection with nature). This question opened my senses wide…and I applied for school very soon after! That was 31 years ago and I can say that I was truly called to do this work.

    There is a whole lot to do, hmmm?

    The healthcare (sickcare) industry is a beast and as we cycle through it, we will encounter the uncalled nurse. It became a job and the burn-out level was “crispy”. Show them compassion!
    People are really feeling lousy these days with poor diet, no exercise, stress, and are consumed by it.

    I am thrilled to see this Blog, Melynda!
    Florence would be proud –
    — Ann Rose (A.R.)

  2. Love it! And yes I have worked along side a nurse(s) in which nursing wasn’t their calling-energy suckers.. I too knew wanted to be a nurse since a young age (age 5). My grandma had an in home elderly care and I loved helping the ladies and my momma is a nurse. I strive to be a good nurse and treat my patients as I would want my family cared for. Can’t wait to read more of your blog!!!

  3. Hi Leigha, thanks for your post. It’s so nice to hear of callings at such a young age and fulfilling that calling. You come from a long line of nurses! How special is that? You mention one of the best guides for us as nurses; to treat our patients as we would want our families to be cared for. This standard is one of the criterium I consider as I work with student nurses. Compassion and caring must be highly demonstrated in an authentic way.

  4. Melynda what a great post. Being a nurse for almost 20 years it gets me thinking to why I am still called to nursing. I truly want to help people. When I listen to others stories they whole time I’m thinking of ways to help them. This can be heavy. I think most nurses go into nursing because they too get these same feelings of wanting to help. The thing is it’s heavy, hard. We need to teach our nurses how to heal themselves in order for them to help others. Otherwise we get burnout and nurses who can’t find the compassion, love, patience and understanding of what others are experiencing. Thanks for getting me thinking.

  5. Hi Ann Rose! How wonderful to hear from you! Thank you for your post to my new blog. Your input is so valued! I can just see you “nursing” and talking to the plants in the nursery. I sure thank that wise woman who suggested you consider nursing, though I think you eventually would have been there anyway. You were absolutely “called” as your work in nursing overflows with love, light, caring and compassion. I like your word, “crispy” in relation to burn out! That will be a great topic for a future blog! I agree with you that we must continue to mentor those who might not be “called”. Hmmmm, I wonder if someone who was not originally called could eventually succumb to the calling? Are there any of you nurses out there who might have felt the calling later in your career to know that, yes, you made the right decision?

  6. Amorcita, what a beautiful blog of sharing from your heart and guiding others regarding nursing. I am not a nurse but it did call me as chiquita growing up between the borders of Mexico and Texas. I wanted to continue the medicine as my abuelitas had with curanderismo. I felt that by integrating traditional medicine and nursing it would feed the calling. Alas I did not pursue nursing but other academic endeavors that I can integrate traditional medicine with. There are nurses in my family via nieces and nephews and I can see their heart in how they walk their path in this field. My Niece Veronica is finishing up her Masters in Nursing in Baltimore and shares how she sees family with each patient. Nurses are curanderas(o) and beacons of hope. Blessings on your blog <3

  7. Hi Melissa, thank you for your blog post. I like how you mention that you got to thinking why you are “still called to nursing”. That is a good topic for discussion. What keeps us in nursing? What is it that keeps us going? It seems a common theme of what you have mentioned, “truly wanting to help people” is the underlying magnet for most nurses. No matter how many years we’ve been in nursing, we all seem to have been drawn in by the desire to help and that is what keeps us in the profession. Don’t you think, too, that what keeps us in nursing is that we actually do feel and see that we are making a difference in people’s lives? In healthcare? Melynda

  8. Hola CC/maestra, thank you for your post. “Nurse” is just another name for healer, medicine woman and curandera, which you are all of those. As my teacher, I know you answered your calling as you sat at your abuelitas’ knees and learned the medicine as a very young girl. You have brought such great healing to many as you brought forward the traditional medicine and “nursed” people to health and wellness. You teachings are so sacred and valued. I hope that your nieces and nephews continue your teachings as they also walk both paths of western and traditional. I have found much satisfaction walking and sharing both paths. Gracias, Melynda/Amorcita

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