A simple question at first glance, but it touches at the core of defining one’s self. And it forms the basis for career and life planning as we move forward into the future.
In a decade of change and upheaval, the spiritual dimension of work and career choice—the need for introspection, identifying your belief systems, and defining the role of work in your life—is and important influence in career choice. Trying to find or maintain a balanced lifestyle by integrating meaning and purpose in life with work contributes to career choice and goals. Seeking a sense of fulfillment according to shared values through your work can provide motivation and satisfaction. Planning for your career with balance in mind is important. The field of nursing can offer you the opportunity to balance your personal and professional goals in meaningful work and a quality of life. The opportunity to work at home, in the field, or in a health care facility delivering nursing care has increased the interest in the nursing profession.
Ask yourself questions like: Why am I choosing to do this type of work? Is it strictly to make money? Is it satisfying? Am I happy? What am I contributing to society? Could I be doing something else that would make me a better person? To answer the purpose in life and work question, it helps to look at some basic definitions:
Work—a series of activities including physical, intellectual, and spiri-
Job—short-term work, can change, disappear, evolve; created by an
organization to achieve its objectives and ensure orderly operations.