As a new grad nurse, I would like to say that I do not think nursing students are treated poorly during school. Yes, I had my fair share of patients that treated me poorly; but during nursing school I primarily felt my fellow nursing school students, instructors, and preceptors treated me far worse than any other health professional, patient or family.
Now after working for four months, I have found that I was living in a sheltered world in nursing school. Those patients and families that were so kind and respectful now treat me like I am their servant. The doctors who I never really had to address during nursing school, treat me pretty much the same way as the patients. As far as the nurses, well, just like in school they like to eat their young. There always are exceptions like the doctor who after I started having a breakdown (long story), said he'd take care of the issue and then ordered me to go take a break. Unfortuneatly those types are hard to find.
Perhaps this is not the case, but it seems as though doctors get treated like complete crap during their education and training but that eventually improves. That is the impression I got from the article. Each day I have been in nursing, the conditions seem to get worse and worse. The difference I see is that nurses get treated better in their training than while working so you get a false sense of security with the field. Nursing isn't limited to the four year period of hell that the article mentioned. It can go on forever if we let it.
Looking back, I wish nursing education would be more like the hell that a doctor goes through. Maybe I wouldn't be sitting here looking at college majors because I feel like I wasted five years of my life to have a job where I emotionally and physically drained to the point were I cannot enjoy my days off. I hate going to bed at night crying because I have to work the next day. At least when I was a waitress, I made more being a servant and I didn't rack up 40K in debt. Yes that's right, I made more....I make 18.1/hr in a hospital.
I would like to say, that it is refreshing to hear that a med student realizes how it might be frustrating for a nurse to go through all the hoops that we have to for an order. Although, at this stage in my career, I do not know all the typical things that are done for each situation like a seasoned nurse may so I do not really have that problem. Bottom line is, I wish more doctors/med students would put themselves in nurses shoes and for that matter nurses do the same. Maybe we all would get along a bit better by learning what we all have to go through.