Yes! I KNOW nurses are underpaid and overworked. Good grief! My husband didn't even finish high school and he makes way more money than I do. I had to finish high school AND go to nursing school
As far as being overworked, they give you 2 or more jobs to do and a lot more! My goodness, why pay two people if you can get one to do it. Never mind that they can't do a good job, a complete job. Just ride their behinds and constantly tell them they're just too slow and that they need to prioritize and manage their time. Most of all make them feel like they are just no good at what they're doing and they need a lot of improvement and make them feel that they're worthless human beings and infer they OUGHT to be grateful for a job and a piddly little paycheck.
And then, just for comparison's sake, pay a person who runs up and down a playing field with a small oval ball (and gets all sorts of injuries by running into and over a bunch of other people on the same field) millions of dollars. And to further the comparison, have this worthless, underpaid nurse nurture and help heal this so valuable person , doing the things that this person would do for themselves if they hadn't been injured doing their oh-so-important job of running that ball down that field. Meanwhile, make plenty of money charging this person for the care this worthless nurse provides for him, BUT pay this nurse only a small portion, 'cause she's not worth much anyhow. I mean, after all, what kind of worth is a person who bathes, cleans behinds, feeds, and turns patients over. (Ask around and see if this isn't what folks think that a nurse does. When you tell them what you do, they're stupified and stammer "Gosh I didn't KNOW nurses did that! I, Ha Ha, thought all you did was empty bedpans.")
'Nuff said! Unless we ALL pull together and stand united and demand respect and educate the public just what we do do, we can't expect any better....