I had the pleasure of chatting with a physiotherapy assistant student yesterday. She was middle-aged and expressing how much she was enjoying her clinical placements in hospital and in long-term care.
I asked what drove her to the profession after all of these years – she said she knew healthcare was always her passion, but, “life got in the way” and she found herself settling for a career in finance for the last 25 years.
“I knew it was a job for me – it did not bring as much joy or take away any worry that I had day to day.” She further explained that her calling to healthcare became more pronounced when her father had become ill and was in the hospital. She saw first-hand how he recovered and sensed how rewarding it would be to improve people’s lives. Just as she had always imagined it would be.
This moment re-ignited her passion and courage to return to school to pursue her one true calling – to serve and change people’s lives for the better.
I found myself reflecting on our conversation and in doing so, I discovered these 8 signs to know compassionate care is your calling.
At the end of the day, it does not matter how slow or how fast you pursue your calling to compassionate care because the desire will never leave you.
How did you know compassionate care was your calling? How did you respond? Simply comment below or email me at [email protected]