Hi Anita. We have been experiencing a culture clash between "business" and "humanity" for lack of better terms. The reality of nursing practice is that direct care nurses are expected by their patients/families/physicians to provide compassionate, prudent, competent care. The problem and reality is that money dictates how much, when, what, why we administer care. Nursing as a group is still ranked high by patients on the satisfaction scale. However, it is increasingly difficult to provide the type of care we were trained to because of having to clear hurdles of stringent rules, regs, licensure, accreditation, insurance approvals, legal concerns, and so on. We are to the point that we can no longer shield our patients from vultures, parasites, and cowardly management. The sad part about it is that if nursing educators were providing all this reality to nursing students, I believe we would see much less interest in nursing then we do, and the graduation rates would be even lower. I don't know if socialized medicine in its current state is the solution, but I do know that for a country (USA) that utilizes the lion's share of the world's resources, it is pitiful to see the same type of rationing of services and care that we are told that socialized countries engage in. Our problems, in my opinion, are mostly due to greed, irrational thinking, and poor assessment of the long-term consequences of exploiting sickness, among others.