This is to address questions and remarks made on my original post:
1. I agree that we are not adequately compensated for the work we do. But, how do you put a price on saving someone's life, comforting the sick, giving relief to another's concern, and showing compassion to someone that has lost a loved one?
2. On a personal note, I did give up a job which paid more money than nursing does. I did this because Nursing is my passion and what I have always wanted to do. The paycheck may not be what it should be, but the words of kindness from a patient, the "thank yous" from family members, and the words of praise for what I do is priceless. I still managed to put my daughter though college, pay my bills, and maintain a lifestyle that I enjoyed. It was not easy I admit, but I was happy with myself for what I did, not what I made.
3. Nursing is not a human sacrifice on capitilism. We perform a service that many people cannot do and they appreciate it.
4. I hope some of you remember the Oklahoma City Bombing. I was in Oklahoma at the time and helped where I was needed. I did not get paid money but I got paid with satisfaction that I was able to provide the community with a service that was being tested to the limit. To be able to step in and give another fellow worker a short break, giving a shoulder to cry on, and words of praise for what the others were doing did not have a price tag. I do believe that many of the nurses, firemen, EMT's, Paramedics, and physicians did not even think to "charge for their services". And how do you charge for that?
5. The stock boy at a seven-eleven may make more money per hour but what has that got to do with the care we provide. It has been my expierance that alot of these people are only concerned with getting off work and do not care about your worries or concerns. I personally would rather have someone that is concerned about me in a healthcare issue than the hourly pay that a stockboy makes.
I HAVE NOT DONE THIS TO OFFEND ANY OF YOU. I HAVE DONE THIS TO EXPRESS MY CONCERN FOR OUR PROFESSION. I HAVE BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION, AS A PATIENT AND AS A NURSE. AND THE TIMES THAT I WAS A PATIENT IT NEVER CROSSED MY MIND AS TO WHAT THE NURSE WAS GETTING PAID, BUT THE TYPE OF CARE THAT I RECIEVED. TOO MANY INDIVIDUALS HAVE GONE INTO THE NURSING PROFESSION BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE IDEA THAT THEY WILL MAKE "LOT'S OF MONEY". THAT IS NOT WHAT THE NURSING PROFESSION IS ABOUT. WE AS A NATION HAS LET MONEY BE THE RULER OF OUR LIFE WHEN WHAT WE DO TO HELP OTHERS SHOULD BE MORE IMPORTANT.
THE POINT I AM TRYING TO MAKE IS THAT NURSING SHOULD BE ABOUT CARING AND PROVIDING OUR SOCIETY WITH A SERVICE THAT MANY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO DO. I PERSONALLY FEEL LIKE A SPECIAL HUMANBEING THAT HAS THE KNOWLEDGE TO HELP TRY TO SAVE A LIFE, CARE FOR THE SICK, AND BRING COMFORT TO THOSE IN NEED.
FROM MOST OF THE RESPONSES I HAVE RECIEVED AND READ ON OTHER RELATED TOPICS, I FEEL AS IF I MUST BE A "RARE-BREED" OF INDIVIDUAL THAT CARES MORE ABOUT THE PROFESSION NOT THE MONEY. I DO NOT THINK THAT FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE HELPED TO MAKE OUR PROFESSION IMPORTANT THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT SHE GOT PAID. I AM BEGINNING TO THINK THAT THE BIGGEST MISTAKE I MADE WAS STARTING THIS. I FELT IT WAS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT FOR THE ONES GOING IN THIS PROFESSION TO STOP AND THINK WHY THEY ARE DOING IT. THAT IF MONEY IS THE ISSUE FIND ANOTHER PROFESSION. I AM VERY SADDEN AT THE WAY SOME PEOPLE HAVE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I AM UNREALISTIC. IN FACT, MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE NEVER COME TO THIS SITE. I THOUGHT I COULD HELP OTHERS BUT INSTEAD I ONLY SEEM TO BE BRINGING ANGER. I APOLOGIZE TO THE ALLNURSES WEBSITE FOR THIS. IN FACT, I AM SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING NEVER POSTING AGAIN AND JUST REMAIN A SILENT VOICE.