Originally posted by janetl:
<STRONG>i still feel like nursing deals with life and death issues while therapies do not and therefore we have more responsibility and should have more pay. maybe if we truly go into a nursing shortage then the hospitals etc... will realize how important the nurses are.</STRONG>
Hi janetl. I can understand where you're coming from with your comments. I agree we should have more pay, better working conditions, no mandatory OT, and benefits. Not being a therapist either,to take a cue from nurs4kids, I can't comment on the depth of a therapist's job. I do know that when I took general education classes for my BSN, that I had students in my class planning to become a therapist, and their course curriculum, in my school, was alot tougher than the generic BSN student. In fact, I think they were required to take many of the same classes as those who were planning to go to pharmacy school. As already have been pointed out, and as I'm aware, many entry level programs for therapy have been converted to graduate level. Even social work is now at the graduate level.
As Charles pointed out, graduate level practitioners have more opportunity to call their own shots when it comes to their livelihood. I know several social workers who are in private practice as licensed counselors. We all can probably name at least one therapy center where there are licensed therapists running the center.
Janetl, I appreciate where you're coming from, but unfortunately, I also see where nursing is going as well, nursing shortage and all. As a home health nurse, the only thing I would ask the therapists is whether you can do your own home health admissions?