Module I: Called–Interaction

1.       Opening self-inventory questions to explore:

a.       Who am I?

i.      “How did you know you wanted to be a nurse?”

b.       Why am I here?

c.       What brought me to this place (nursing)? (Reference to author’s research among retired RNs yet to come)

[Plan: To create a video clip of various nurses in their work garb/setting asking these questions and answering them.  Any resources you may have for this feature are welcomed :)]

2.       New agers use centering to appreciate self and focus energies of body, mind, and spirit.  Looking inward – Centering or Consciousness?
Discuss the concept of Practiced Discernment and how does that differ from centering? . . .

3.       The example of the potter and the clay is used as a metaphor to illustrate living life from the center.  [Plan: To create a photo show/video of potter)  The technique is:

a.       Select a lump of clay, mold it in your hands, throw it on the spinning wheel

b.       Stretch and compress it into a tower, then down to a mushroom and up again, squeezing it into malleable form—not too long or it will tire and sag.

c.       Then, with opposing fingers of each hand, form the walls of the object, using all the clay on the wheel.

d.       Set aside then fire in oven

4.       Now, convert this procedure into God’s work within us (our “center”) . . .where the Holy Spirit may reside.

5.       21st century attitudes toward use of the term “called” differ from traditional meaning, resulting in difficulties in self-fulfillment measures.  Today, to be “called” to a career/vocation/mission/activity is to accept menial status for less pay and energy-sucking work.
Discuss . . .
What does being “called” to a career mean to you?


So, am I called?  Review my:

  • Motivations  —  Called to Care?
  • Perceptions of practice
  • Who benefits?

So, if I am called, then it must be to bring Comfort and to Care — to exercise Commitment and experience Joy

On to Module II


Additional Resources

The following links take you to nurses and their perceptions of who they are and what they do:

Carolyn McCarthy, U.S. Representative, New York, 2008.  Her testimony to congress on National Nurses’ Week.

Definition of Nursing—“I’m just a nurse”  (Canada)  Images of Nursing, Media

“Why I am a Nurse”  (WVU, May, 2010—50th anniversary of SON)

“Nurse: A World of Care”  (Video images) (2008)  Marla Salmon; Emory Univ. ; RWJF-Future of Nursing support      

“How did you know you wanted to be a nurse?”

Discussion . . .
What is your response to any of the videos above?
Do you know of others that should be used in this course?


In addition, here are print media resources on the topic of choosing a career in nursing:

Professional Nursing: Concepts & Challenges, by Kay Kittrell Chitty (4th Ed), 2005—Professionalism, Ch. 6

The Image of Nursing: Perspectives on Shaping, Empowering, and Elevating the Nursing Profession
Bartholomew, Kathleen; Shelley Cohen, RN, MSN, CEN

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