as an individual nurse, i do well.
agreeing w/trauma, i don't become offended when pts/families are demanding or insulting.
and i am capable of fighting my own battles.
as a whole, i find nursing highly disrespected.
nevermind the public image of sex kitten or a$$-wiper:
administration does little to nothing in retaining their valued nurses.
we are all merely expendable entities on an assembly line...
especially after the fact that our backs and spirits are irreparably broken.
with all the lateral violence, we shoot ourselves in the foot.
unless one is in the field, very few have any knowledge re the scope of our practice, and what we are expected to know.
for yrs, i went along with the raises offered to me.
they were ok, but nothing great.
to this day, i'll never know what hit me or why:
but suddenly, i wasn't willing to accept these raises.
dangit, i was worth a hell of a lot more.
evidentally, this showed in my attitude, and i got what i 'expected'...was worthy of.
even recently, i've interviewed for a couple of positions.
i used to write "open/negotiable" for expected/desired salary.
now i fill in the numbers.
one of the employers raised an eyebrow.
and i quietly stated, "i am worth more than that".
and i got the job.
it's not about intellectually coaching oneself to self-worth.
it's about feeling, knowing what you have to offer.
that is one form of self-respect.
and it's been a long time coming.
i can only imagine, that with cohesion, a bit of attitude and a whole lot of relentless determination, we would get there...
and get the damned respect we are all so worthy of.