Back to school

There’s a phrase many of us hear as nurses: “You should go back to school”.

It’s what well-meaning people say when they think we need a different title, more credentials and a higher status. It’s what people say when they think we’re not enough the way we are. As if school is the only path to freedom, fortune, fulfilment and authority.

Too often, we surrender to the fear of what others think of us and the fear that we’re not enough, and fall for the seductive belief that going back to school is the right thing to do.

It’s best to say to these people “Thanks for your concern, but I am enough. I don’t need school to help me get to where I want to go”.