Narrating my own professional memoir as a way of defining not only myself but also my professional appearance and the knowledge I possess in my area of specialisation. The NMC (2010) nursing framework outlines the four domains that inform nursing theory and practice in the UK, including the professional values domain, the communication and interpersonal skills domain, the nursing practice and decision-making domain, as well as the leadership, management and team working domain (NMC, 2010). According to this framework, professional nurses must possess proficiency in all the four domains (Cummings & Bennett, 2012) in terms of their relevant knowledge, abilities and attitudes required for effective practice (NMC, 2015).
The right attitude is particularly essential for aspiring nurses, since the nursing field has been socially misjudged by many to be an intimidating and unappealing career line, as pointed out by Eman, Seamus and Edgar (2012). It is also widely perceived as a humanitarian profession, where practitioners draw upon competent communication skills and patience to help and care for people in society (De Araujo-Sartorio & Zoboli, 2010). A vast body of research by Beck (2000), Larsen, McGill, and Palmer (2003), and Price (2009) highlight some of the critical factors that determine whether or not students are more likely to select nursing as their career of choice.
Indeed, in most cases, nursing is more of a vocation, as many individuals are genuinely interested in the profession for its own sake, driven by a desire to help others. Moreover, material motivations, such as financial and other benefits, often play a very limited role in motivating learners to join the profession. However, practicing nurses must be aware of their principle motivations for becoming nurses, especially because it is more likely to significantly influence their decision making strategies. When I personally decided to enrol in a nursing college in Saudi Arabia and pursue my nursing profession nine years ago, my decision was motivated by a wide range of factors, which included: personal, familial, as well as social, and economic reasons.
Precisely, my decision to become a nurse was motivated by the following principle reasons; firstly, the acute shortage of nurses in Saudi Arabia was a primary motivator, especially because it means that there is a high demand for qualified nurses to fill up nursing positions.
The shortage of nurses is a global phenomenon that affects
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