Originally posted by RUsincere2:
Please give a reason for your answer. Thanks.
Nursing is listed with the BLS as a blue collar. "JOB"
Based on the responsibility and accountability on the JOB one would have to recognized this JOB as a profession.
Question then is why has the public not recognized Nursing as a profession?
The answer to that is the profession is dominated by women, who for the most part are labor illiterate, and are too busy looking for emotional acceptance rather then and expectable work environment.
The Nursing organizations have a fixed delusion that the degree you have will earn you the right of passage into the male dominated world of professions.
Nursing is a divided field and the small pay gains made over the years are directly related to the cyclical shortages and not the degree you earned.
The 30 years struggle over Bachelor Degree as the entry-level degree into the profession has prevented Nursing form gaining the rewards that this profession with all its accountability and responsibility should have gained.
Nursing is a Hybrid JOB and it will always be that.
The responsibility that Nurses have to their JOB is to protect the environment they work in. Nurses must continue to fight for higher wages, lower ratios, greater say in the environment they work in, and improved benefits.
Nurses must become politically active in their Unions or Organizations that have formed P.A.C
Nurses have the power to improve their "profession" but we must all move in step with one another to achieve that.
Job/profession does it really matter? Its nothing more than a label, the way you carry yourself throughout the course of the day is the true indicator.