Nursing is what you make it. Period. If you don't like the environment/people you work with there are so many options to choose from that there is no reason to stay in that situation. I have been a nurse for 7 years. 2 years M/S Tele, 2 years ICU and 3 years travel nursing in various positions (PCU/ICU/Cath/EP). Most nurses go through a time of uncertainty when they are new. You will ask yourself; Did I choose the right carreer? Is the work to stressful? Will I always be underappreciated? This isn't what I signed up for! Yes, I have had those moments. But it is a very rewarding carreer. And if you have the right attitude and are good at your job, you will be respected. I think when nurses say they aren't respected, do nothing to be respected for. They just do their job and go home. If you love your job and go above and beyond staff and patients notice. For example, I had a travel assigment on a crazy busy floor. I never got lunch, breaks or even got to go to the bathroom. Nurses did not help each other and even would refuse me if I asked for help. Doctors yelled and threw things on the unit and were downright nasty if you called them. So, I made an effort to help the nurses who did not help me, stayed a few minutes extra to put in an IV, help with chart checks and then spoke to the more receptive nurses about why their unit was so stressful. Turned out that they weren't helping each other because they were too overwhelmed themselves to be worried about helping anyone else. When they realized helping eachother would benefit them all, they started to become a team and I saw the difference. As far as the doctors were concerned when one of them would yell I would simply state, "I will not apologize for calling you. I am in essence, helping you because I am calling to tell you of a concern/problem with one of your patients. I will not tolerate you speaking to me in any manner other than a professional one, because we are both on the same team." I had doctors hang up on me, and I would just call them right back. You have to have confidence in your scope of practice to know you are doing the right thing. And as far as the doctors throwing things on the unit, I just would look at them with distain and they got the picture. That should NOT be tolerated. A hospital is a professional enviroment and should be treated as such. It amazes me what some nurses 'take." They do not realize their value and therein lies the problem. Know what you are worth, and if you feel underappreciated/stressed out, move on. There are so many wonderful units where the nurses work together as a team that there is no reason to stay somewhere that you are unhappy. By the way, that travel position offered me a core position before I left...I didn't take it, but made me feel wonderful that my efforts did not go unnoticed.