Isn't that the beauty of nursing? That it is so broad that you can do so many different things. Sure, you aren't on top of the food chain, but that doesn't make it any less of a profession. The patient is to guide you anyways, so in reality, as nurses we even have to listen to our patients and disregard our judgmental thoughts. By that I mean, we do not have authority over what procedures our patient has or what is even an option to them. We can suggest to the physician what might work well with this patient and they can provide the option if they feel compelled to, but overall, nurses are their to serve the patient needs and not our own.
You could twist this post around to say that nurses need to serve our needs too. Yes, we need to go to the restroom and eat and sleep. Obviously. But by needs I mean our opinions. We can suggest our opinions, but we don't have near the advanced knowledge that a physician of many years has (Perhaps a resident needs put in their place every now and again
) to disregard their expertise.
Same as with RT or OT. They are separate professionals working together to keep the patient safe and many times increase health.
If you wanted authority, be a judge.