futureeastcoastNP 533 Posts Sep 8, 2014 Just out of curiosity what region of the country do you work where nurses are treated this way? I've been a traveller all over the country and am yet to experience a hospital system or group of employers that treats or views their employees this way. Even now I work at a hospital owned by the largest healthcare system in the country, and don't feel this way. Additionally, nursing has always been a blue collar type of job. If anything, I feel like it's transitioning away from it's blue collar roots, and being viewed as a higher class profession. Not many professions in this country can provide a respectable income right out of 4 year (or even community) college with lots of opportunity for advancement, while providing a plethora of different job opportunities across a broad spectrum of medical disciplines. You also might be interested to know that nursing (as in RN's) is what generates the some of the best revenue for a hospital system.That said, I absolutely agree that the NP role achieves more respect, both from peers, and also from the community. People with even a basic grasp of our scope of practice greatly value our expertise and knowledge.I felt that way when I worked in the hospital system, at 2 different hospitals in two different regions. Bedside nurses just aren't treated well, in general. I think any profession where you're expected to rush yourself eating lunch, or take minimal bathroom breaks, etc is not a "respectful" environment. I also take issue with the requirement of putting the job before our own safety, as exemplified in the many posts here where people are beaten down for choosing not to go to work if the roads are unsafe. I know many physicians who have no qualms about calling in if the weather isn't safe, and hospitals are very accommodating and let them know they should put their safety first. When nurses do the same, it's as if it's ridiculous that they believe their life is more important than the work schedule and results in all sorts of disciplinary actions. Furthermore, I've seen nurses disciplined for simple misunderstandings while a provider in the same situation would get nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Outside of the hospital, I think it depends on your social circle. I come from a highly educated high earning family, and many of the people in my social circle (high school and college friends) are the same. They've gone on to be business leaders, scientists, lawyers, professors, etc. Saying I am a bedside nurse definitely does not impress them in any way, and most wonder why I didn't set my sights higher. I think respect is relative, and so there really is no answer to this question.