PROFESSIONAL WORTH VERSUS SELF WORT
I have been wanting to talk about this for a long time my people.
This is not a piece where I’m going to be giving us the definition of terms but rather approach things from the reality of things, or should i say how i see these things.
This matter dey pain me. However, I will start from the kind of jobs we take.
I have seen many Nurses over the years take up terrible jobs, employed shabbily, some with no appointment letters, crazy and ridiculous job descriptions and to cap it all….merger salaries.
In 2021, a professional registered nurse is still being paid 30, 000 naira. My Ondo friends even told me , many nurses work as cheap as 20K per month.
My people how? how do they survive? Even security agents or cleaners don’t take such again.
So how do these professional Nurses pay house rent, buy airtime, load data , food stuffs, tfare, buy cloths, look good, save for other development courses (at least for this country, you’re solely responsible for your personal development) or even save for IELTS?
It’s really pathetic and quite worrisome to me.
Same 30k salary o, their job description enh, nah correct Polyvalent nurses dem be. They are the doctor, pharmacist, record officer, receptionist, cleaner, gateman….everything!
The things have seen when I was looking for job enh, my mouth no fit talk am.
I have seen nurses work in toxic environments, talked at and talked down, many with battered self confidence, ridiculed and embarrassed at every opportunity these terrible employers get. They’ve become a shadow of their usual self just because they want to survive.
The irony of it is, these jobs most times have similar characteristics; they chronically owe salaries , unconducive environment , staff welfare is always poor, job satisfaction is zero or nothing to write home about, improvisation is the order of the day ( I have seen a nurse that couldn’t identify a real tourniquet, always thought it was a given sett, lol. But can you blame her?) and nurses still takes up these jobs. Why? they want to survive.
But shey nah we suffer pass?
Are we the only one trying to survive?
my first job in 2013 was on a 30k salary with accommodation. My JJC self took it because i was told i should start from somewhere first.
My people, that job made me understand starting from somewhere shouldn’t be ANYWHERE. I resigned after 13 days, i couldn’t continue. Those people were not looking for ‘nurses’ they were looking for “slaves” to trample on, people with no single self worth. I carried my small self and ran.
Since that day, I became intentional about wherever i worked.
Nurses are healthcare sector backbone, they deserve best treatment – NANNM
To be honest, the journey wasn’t easy. I search for jobs so tey😄, but i was determined, I wasn’t raised to take anything. So I looked inwards, I realized there was so much I could do and that’s how I became a business woman, joined Nurses On Air, volunteered to work two-three times in a week at a PHC, I even voluntered to assist tutors at UCH school of nursing then but was rejected🧐🧐.
It took two good years of doing all these before i got a good job and i did not die😀, I survived.
Unfortunately, many nurses don’t understand these professional worth of a thing. They don’t know that whatever deal you take with that ‘nurse’ title reflects on everyone. Nurses need to understand that wherever they are, they are representing the entire nursing community. The more we continue to take ridiculous jobs, the more employers bring down the standard, the more the value keeps dropping.
Take for example, as an employer, I need a nurse and I got a nurse for 20k, I tell other employers how much I’m paying the nurse. Although, the nurse taking that pay is just doing it “to survive or gain experience” like I do hear people say.
If those other people need a nurse too, it’s either they decide to pay them that same price or even lower since I told them how much I’m paying mine and so 100 nurses can come looking for jobs and they hear 20k or less everywhere around that location.
Sooner or later, many of them will take up the job and the cycle continues.
Meanwhile, these same employers know the minimum they can offer other professionals, they are aware if they offer anything less, they can hardly get anyone for that role.
I asked myself, how are these people able to achieve this? Apart from professional value (Something I have to write about), they were intentional about it.
They understood what professional worth really is and they are not ready to compromise….no matter what.
Of course it does and that’s what made me question the individual self worth of many nurses. I sincerely believe the two are intertwined or maybe they are not.
Or what do we think?
<<<<<<To be continued>>>>>>