You had put it nicely: doctors and nurses are health care partners. It should be percieved this way. How can we educate the public, and where do we start?
I agree with you that the public needs to know more about what it takes to be a nurse today. My friends are often surprised to hear that many nurses are BSNs & higher. They answered: "If you have to study so much, why don't you become doctors instead?" I had to tell them that docs and nurses are two different professions, some of us choose to be docs, and some prefer to be nurses. Different doesn't mean lower or higher. In fact, some nurses I knew did go on to study to become doctors. It's a question of choice for many, not a question of levels of intelligence.
We have to take science courses that many of my friends had tried to avoid when they were in college! In most schools in NY, in order to be accepted by the nursing programs
, students need to have a higher GPA then other degree programs, especially in science courses. I am sure in other cities it's similar.
Surely we understand that the health care organizations need to have good profit. They have to justify their investments. It's also true that they provide the majority of the jobs for the nurses. But nurses are taking care of their customers, this makes looking after nurses good business & good internal/ external PR for the hospitals and health care orgs. A Good Long Term Investment.
[ June 01, 2001: Message edited by: eventsnyc ]