Nursing; A job or a Profession? - page 2
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- 0Mar 1, '02 by Yvonne123I agree with everything everyone has added. I think because we are predominantly a female profession, we do not get the recognition we deserve. Another reason I believe to be the culprit is the fact that the there are many different ways to obtain an RN degree and those who recieve BSN's for example, have the same jobs and benefits as those who have associate degrees. There is no differentiation between achievements and that makes certain individuals frustrated. Some argue that anything less than a BSN should not be considered a part of the definition of profession. Whatever the reason may be, we need more recognition and Do need to be taken more seriously
- 0Jul 4, '02 by adrienurseThis is a heavy political question and remains open to debate Historically, professions (in the official sense of the word) require one single mode into entry (as opposed to 4), more of a historical and theoretical base and a more concrete definition of what it is that members actually do (rather then the subtle -- you have to be one to get it -- identity that nursing has). True professionals also tend to get more respect and get paid more.
That being said, I like to be thought of, and therefore try to behave as a professional. I really got my nose out of joint when my sister (she's an accountant, what does she know?) referred to nursing as a trade (sic) and told me that I shouldn't give relatives counselling about medications because all I knew what to do was change adult diapers and all I knew about was Alzheimers disease.
- 0Jul 4, '02 by SleepyeyesOriginally posted by adrienurse
I really got my nose out of joint when my sister (she's an accountant, what does she know?) referred to nursing as a trade (sic) and told me that I shouldn't give relatives counselling about medications because all I knew what to do was change adult diapers and all I knew about was Alzheimers disease.
- 0Aug 9, '02 by debmsn01Nursing is a "Profession", however sometimes all of our members do not act as professionals & as a whole we cannot unite as a profession, so we probably will never hold the clout as many other professions do. If we could unite as the ANA as one group, we could overthrow the AMA in many areas. THINK ABOUT THAT!!!
- 0Aug 11, '02 by debmsn01Future RN,
Than answer the call, but don't lose faith if things change. I started as an LPN, went back for my ADN, than on for BSN so I could get my MSN & wonder why we as a profession are allowing the emphasis to be so fiscally oriented. Yes I know that healthcare cost money, but than why are we so administration heavy & struggling with bedside staffing? Tim Porter O'Grady wrote a book on shared governance-it works. Staff could manage themselves if we could unite & work towards a common goal. A good manager is one who hasn't forgotten what it is like to do the job, so those who do should manage best. I can see a wonderful future for nurses if we could only work on it. Take care & good luck.-Debb