I have to give the nurses here, the utmost credit. The challenges of your profession (administration, doctors, patients, medical advances, just to name a few) have to be a significant barrier to overcome sometimes, in your goal to give the care you would like in a compassionate, professional manner that also helps patients help themselves.
I can't imagine anyone who isn't truly called to this profession, to be in it for very long. I can also understand those who can become calloused, based on what they see and experience everyday. For those discouraged, keep the faith. Your real value is beyond whatevery you might be paid.
This board has also given me insight as to the kind of patient I would want to be, if for no other reason than not wanting to find a desciption of myself up here. :chuckle. I'm having some surgery in November and will be a better patient for having been here.