I have been a nurse for less than a year, but I am already sick and tired of people acting like nursing is morally "better" than other jobs, like, say, computer science. I tell people I'm a nurse, and they get this dreamy look in their eyes and say "Oh, how wonderful! You get to touch so many people's lives...That's the best job in the world." Um, no, it's not. It's just another job, a job I personally happen to enjoy, but a job none the less. I don't work because I "love my patients." I work because I like the money, the responsibility, the busyness, the person-to-person interaction, and the science of complex diseases. Yes, I help people, but the second I get in my car after a day of work I forget about them. I *do* enjoy helping people, but IT'S A JOB, for heaven's sake. I work hard for my patients, but I'm not a Florence Nightingale getting poor suffering people cool washcloths for their foreheads and holding their hands all night. Which is what some people seem to think.
I know I'm being incoherent, and I'm probably not making any sense, but I'm just tired of people acting like nurses hold some kind of moral "high ground." Just because I'm a nurse doesn't make me a better person than someone who's an accountant. It's just a different area of work. Some people like math, some people like science, some people like history. It doesn't make one class of people better than another. Thanks for listening