There’s a story that’s frequently told in the field of adult development. It’s a story from childhood, and a true one, at that. It goes like this.
A preschool teacher asked each of her four-year-old students what they wanted to be when they grew up. Unsurprisingly, she heard answers both expected and amusing. One boy said he wanted to be a jet pilot. A girl whose mother was a physician expressed that “I want to be a doctor, like my mommy.” Another girl reported she hoped for a future as a lion tamer, while a boy emphasized he’d like to “drive really big trucks.” But one girl gave an answer that touched and surprised the teacher. “When I grow up,” the girl said, “I want to be happy.”
The Moral of the Story
This story is told to highlight the ways that professional success—however prestigious and well-paying—often causes us to miss the mark of a life well-lived. In fact, it’s not uncommon that our jobs come to undermine our sense of wellbeing. And the more professionally successful we are, research shows, the more it’s easy to lose sight of what actually makes us happy, begging a reexamination of our relationship to our career.
But for many direct-care nurses and other healthcare professionals, this reexamination is already underway. Why? Because more and more nurses are finding that their professional lives are at direct odds with their personal happiness.
“Hospital Greed is Destroying Our Nurses. Here’s Why.”
In a recent New York Times video op-ed that’s gone viral, the paper recounts how a numbers-driven, dehumanizing approach to healthcare (and not the global pandemic) is the real culprit behind the nursing shortage.
Using firsthand accounts from nurses and old-fashioned investigative journalism, the piece looks behind the curtain to reveal how nurses are being destroyed by greed. In it, we learn about the disastrous consequences of managed care, the race to the bottom for profits at the expense of people, and how increasingly exploitive practices are personally and professionally crushing nurses.
The Double Bind
Up to 70% of nurses report being so burned out and unhappy in their careers that they’re considering moving into adjacent healthcare sectors or hanging up their scrubs for good. And many are doing just. So many, in fact, that McKinsey & Co.—no less an industry titan than the Times—recently devoted an entire piece to this subject.
For many nurses, nursing and happiness can no longer conceivably go hand in hand, placing them in a “damned if I do, damned if I don’t” situation. This is tragic. By and large, nurses entered their profession because they felt inspired by the idea of caring for others—and they still do. For as much abuse as many nurses describe taking, most say that they still love working with patients. Only now, it’s their careers they hate. So, what, exactly, is behind the burnout?
- Long, exhausting, and often unpredictable shifts
- Imbalanced nurse-to-patient ratios, with both nurses and patients getting the short end of the stick
- Being tasked with more and more responsibilities without the resources and support for handling them
- Being hamstrung by policies that continually reduce the ability of nurses to exercise their own best judgment on behalf of patients
- Having to work in hostile work environments and in aesthetically cold, sterile, and uninviting settings
- Watching patients express profound anxiety over their healthcare costs and the denial of coverage by their insurance providers
- …and more
A Successful Nursing Career and Personal Happiness Can Go Together
The good news is that you can have your cake and eat it too. You can stay in direct nursing while escaping the problems that plague nurses in hospital settings. How? By making a move to aesthetic medicine, which may very well be the happiest of all nursing specialties. Why? There are multiple reasons.
First, aesthetic patients are always happy about scheduling an appointment with you. After all, aesthetic medicine is the only branch of direct-care medicine where patients are coming to you who aren’t sick or concerned about becoming so. Instead, they’re coming to you because they want to feel more confident, camera-ready, or simply like the best version of themselves.
Second, aesthetic patients are treating themselves to a purely elective procedure, which means they’re not stressed about the cost of their treatment. (Insurance never factors except in incredibly rare cases.)
Third, aesthetic medicine caters to a clientele that, by and large, are seeking an upscale experience. This means that you can count on your workplace being beautifully designed and equipped with ample creature comforts that serve to elevate the mood of both patients and staff.
Lastly, unlike hospitals that are open 24/7, aesthetic clinics are typically open only during conventional business hours (9 am-5 pm, give or take). When you make a move to aesthetic medicine by taking a Botox and dermal filler certification course, you finally get your life—and your weekends—back.
In short, when you make a move to aesthetic nursing, you can finally end the war between your quest for a successful career and personal happiness. (To learn about many other benefits that come with Botox and filler training,
AAAMS is Here to Help You Inject More Happiness Into Your Nursing Career!
AAAMS (The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery) is the industry-leading, fully-accredited online learning platform for helping you inject more happiness into your nursing career! We are the premier provider for aesthetics training and certification, with courses designed to be comprehensive and rigorous but also engaging and enjoyable. (At AAAMS, we have a reputation for balancing the serious business of learning how to safely and effectively perform Botox and dermal filler injections with the fun and camaraderie that will reinspire you about your nursing career.)
When you train with AAAMS, thanks to the AAAMS Aesthetics Network, you’ll never feel alone on your aesthetics journey. From day one, it connects you to other RNs, NPs, and PAs who are taking the step to have a professional career conducive to their wellbeing and personal happiness.
It’s never too late to be happy with a career you love. If you’re ready to get started on your latest and greatest career adventure, visit our website. Learn more about us, explore our courses, join the Aesthetics Network, and enroll today!
A happier future awaits!