Quote from Katie82
Nursing is still the most admired profession in public polls. Folks generally see nurses as overworked, underpaid, and selfless in their devotion to patient care. As a 30-year veteran, I have seen nursing make many transitions, mostly for the good. What disturbs me now is the overmarketing of the profession by schools who see nursing programs as a cash cow. I see many men and women entering the profession because they see it as a steady job with good money. Nursing is still a calling.... folks who think they are getting an easy ride to quick success need to stay out of nursing. I'm tired of hearing students say that they have chosen nursing for the job market or money (let's face it- where else can you come out of a 2-yr college program and enter the market making $50K to start?) We need to leave nursing to the folks who are ready to accept it as it is: hard work, poor working conditions, long hours, and underappreciation from management. The nurses who can't take the heat are dragging us all down...
Oh..no.. you didn't! you didn't really say that. It is attitudes like that ,that keep our profession beaten down!
I graduated 30 years ago, the MAJORITY of students were in the same exact boat I was..lousy marriage, need to support ourselves STAT. Nursing requires very bright people, not selfless ones.
I am still a compassionate nurse, because that is my nature. I didn't get into this solely because I am a caring individual... I am NOT Mother Teresa, I need to make money.
Regarding the Gallup poll, no... nursing is not the most admired profession..
it is the most trusted.
The public probably trusts us because they have an inaccurate view of us a mother figures, taking the temperature and kissing boo-boos.