I have to say this. I completely feel the thanklessness a lot. I totally get the cynical feeling we all have at times. But ladies and guys, if we really feel this way most of the time, why do what we do? Why be nurses? I think that our patients, our families and ourselves are much better served by getting out of the field if we feel this way. I tell my family and friends that if I won the lottery tonight, I would still be a nurse. I LOVE BEING A NURSE. I hope we all feel this way, or honestly, we shouldn't be doing it. I hope this doesn't offend anyone, but rather make us all evaluate. Are we really unhappy about our jobs most of the time? Or are we rather more like what I feel; love my job, but sure do have moments like, "Are you seriously making me work this short-staffed?" and "Gee, sir, I know your toe hurts at a "10" but my patient in the next room is actively dying of pancreatic cancer, and pretending he's not in horrifying pain". These moments are way behind the moments where a family member who just lost a loved one gives me a hug and thanks me for caring for them with grace and dignity.