The argument is based on a faulty question.
I think that when asked the question "What is the most respected profession?", the average joe sixpack thinks of who makes the most money, excepting pro sports which dug their own grave of disrespect with their behavior. If one ponders the question a bit more, then the factors of trust, knowledge, altruism, and personality enter the equation. I think if the poll included only intelligent people, you would find that nursing is, in fact, the
most respected profession.
I know a lot of MDs, DDSs and pharmacists from social situations and they always turn out to be complete tools. I know many nurses, too, and the more I get to know them
the more I like them.
I think I'll put your little disclaimer on all my posts (my intent is too often assumed to be less than constructive on this forum)...
PS: These are strictly the views of the author. It is not the intent to disparage nursing itself, but shed a light on its problems. Healthy arguments or opposing views are welcomed.
PPS, Personally I think the Vandy thing is either a publicity stunt or a misunderstanding. They'll fix it quickly.