Quote from caliotter3
The father of one of my daughter's teenage friends made good money working overtime for the CDC. It was very tempting when I found out about it back then. However, I think he only got about half the compensation quoted in the article; he was an LVN.
We can say all we want, how the public loves and trusts nurses, and we come out on top every year when the public is polled on the most trustworthy profession.
But the reality is, the public thinks we are a bunch of underedeucated, overpaid females, who get paid way too much to pass out pitchers of ice watere and fluff pillows. They have no concept of the important role that we play, and hospitals work VERY hard, to keep it that way. The public equates worth with education.
That is one of the main reasons that I advocate increasing the entry into practice for nurses, and advocate that ALL nurse join the National Nurses Organizing Commitee. With union protection, nurses can educate the public, fight the deskillling of our profession, and have a voice.
There is no better time than now to protect our professiona image and practice. I am seeing ads on buses for pharmacists, and how important they are to your health care, etc, blah blah blah.
They are being proactive in the face of some form of health care reform with Obabacare. They are ensuring their piece of the pie. Nurses need to follow suit and start plugging ourselves to the public before we really are replaced by Medtechs.
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
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