How much do you Earn? vs. Are you Satisfied?

How much do you earn? 

How much do you earn? A strange question one I suppose. Well this put to me by a Family Health Assistant whilst a patient was being recovered in my working place. According to her, the motive for asking such was to know if it was worth the stress doing my kind of job.

Question to my beloved readers

Do you work for pleasure or for financial gratification? I leave you to ponder on that. I made the woman to understand that my job needs PASSION. This is on my top list before financial gratification.

Judging Myself

If the priority is misplaced sooner or later there will be nervous breakdown. And just for the records I am a professional Nurse and I love my job. Permit me to say that my work makes me very happy and I make people happy and that far outweighs my salary.

I do a lot of networking and that paves way for my future. I work with people…the sick and other healthcare professionals and each day I go home i feel fulfilled.

Financial Gratification

According Google dictionary, Gratification refers to pleasure, especially when gained from the satisfaction of a desire. Financial gratification is the state of being satisfied in terms of money. Permit me to add that I am not in any way insinuating that money is not good but to effectively practise, some professions one need not emphasise on money.

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Gratification in Nursing

People think that nursing is a job that you can practise and make quick money but we need not forget that we’re dealing with the lives and emotions of people and that what goes around turns around. Nursing is a profession within the health sector thats focuses on the care of individuals. This includes families and communities. So they may attain, maintain or recover optimal health and quality of life.

Nurses are different from other health care providers by their systemised approach to patients and methodology in practice. Nurses work with a multidisciplinary healthcare team. This is composed of physicians, physiotherapists, dieticians, psychologists and so on.

Definitions of Nursing

Here are a few definitions of nursing:

Florence Nightingale defined nursing over 100 years ago as “the act of utilising the environment of the patient to assist him in his recovery” (Nightingale,1860).
Virginia Henderson was one of the first modern nursed to define nursing. She wrote. “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) the he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength,will,or knowledge, and to do this in such a way as to strength, will or knowledge, and to do this is such a way as to help him gain independence as rapidly as possible” (Henderson,1966,p.3).
In 1987, the Canadian Nurses Association(CNA) described nursing practice as a dynamic, caring, helping relationship in which the nurse assists the client to achieve and obtain optimal health(CNA,1987).


To conclude I just cited the nursing experience but that could go for other professions. Instead of asking the common question “How much do you earn or how much will I be paid?”, let’s also include “How happy will I be with this job?”
Jim Rohn said “Success is measured my how happy you are”.

How much do you earn? was written by Udoamaka Elenwoke. A professional Italian nurse and you can follow her on Social media

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