I agree, Nurse is a title that is earned. I am very protective of my title. I hate the confusion that is generated when people call themselves a nurse.
Maybe, it has something to do with the fact that our language does not have another word that can be used to adequately describe a lay person that is taking care of someone that is ill, elderly, or disabled.
Parents nurse their kids back to health
New moms nurse their babies
Back in "The Day", there were wet nurses. ...I am sure there are many more
Since the term "NURSE" is used in such generic ways, maybe we should ask if they are an RN, LVN, LPN.
I mean let's face it, our language is quite confusing. We make all of these grammar
rules, only to turn around and give a list a mile long of exceptions.. And let's not even get into homonyms. LOL.
Once, again, I am there with you all with the frustration.