Quote from ShayRN
I disagree. I am a Professional. I have a 4 year college degree for which I sacraficed a lot. I fully expect to be treated as such by my superiors and by physicians. I have absolutely called doctors on their behavior when it was inappropriate. I have never tolerated being spoken down to at work, nor have I ever treated anyone like less of a team member because they don't have the "title." All that being said, I do delegate when possible. Not because I am too good to wipe a dirty butt or to drain a foley, but because I am usually busy doing a med pass, or taking care of a pump. This would not be an issue in any other setting. Can you see an administrative assistant in an attorney's office protesting her boss being called a professional and not her? How about the data entry person at the accountant's office? Come on, we ARE professionals. We have earned the right to be called that and if someone don't like it, tough. I agree, the TECH needs to be spoken to, not the nurses. If she wants to be called a professional she can sacrifice 4 plus years of her life. She can give up her Saturday afternoons and nights in an anatomy lab going over and over the muscles of a cat. Lets see what she thinks about going 30 grand in the hole in student loans. We all gave up something to go to school. If she don't like being called a non-professional then she needs to go back to school. Until such time, she is what she is....a tech.
Does mean that the doctors that do 4 years of school 3 years of medical school and 2-7 years of residency are more professional than you?
I am still a CNA, I am still at the beginning of my school. After sacrificing 4 years of my life to the military you think you are more of a professional than me? Pshaww.... I guarantee you the Arabic I had to learn was far harder than the anatomy you took. In fact my A&P 2 right now is, while hard, way easier than learning Arabic was. Shrug
The fact that you still think merely having a degree makes you a professional show that you still need some experience in this world. A BSN or MSN, while a good accomplishment does not mean all that much.
Experience and maturity make one a professional.
Also remember nursing is blue collar (READ: an occupation/vocation). It has never been white collar (READ: a profession). Except maybe administration. *SHRUG* Technicalities.