Yaaaay, Cwissy ! A woman after my own heart.
I can't add much to this because you have put it so well.
All the negatives aside, it remains ultimately up to each one of us as individuals to improve our own personal nursing experience, the experience of those who follow in our footsteps, and the experience of our patients.
Yes, things really suk sometimes, are far from ideal, and we find ourselves wishing we co be and do so much more. But to be all we can be individually in any given circumstance and to be accountable for our OWN actions or misactions, our attitudes, and the manner in which we treat others is one thing we CAN control.
If I do THIS well, then I can feel good about myself at the end of the day... regardless of all the negatives.
Pride in nursing is closely tied to how we feel about ourselves in general... and it DOES reflect in our work, our professionalism, and how we treat others... patients, coworkers, and students alike.