CareerRN, did I ever say anywhere there are no problems in healthcare?
I am not trying to shame you into anything. I am simply explaining my perception of why I went into nursing, as it related to the original question. You were the one to lump anyone who is religious into a category of nurse maids who perpetuate the cycle oif nurse abuse. I simply read into what seemed to me like bitterness or dissatisfaction. I apologize if I was off base. After all, are these not your own words...
"I can only imagine a young person coming across these statements trying to decide a career choice that would serve them well in the future. I can see them thinking about things like nice cars, homes, and providing for a future family and saying, why should I have to suffer in a profession when I have so many other options? If nursing is made up with individuals who will allow themselves to suffer and tolerate their conditions, then maybe I need to find another career choice."
It seems clear to me like you feel you are suffering in this profession. I hate to see anyone suffer, so I suggested you make a change, I meant a change in nursing. I never said you should leave!
What was radnurse's signature again? Take that stick out of your but or something to that effect? For crying out loud I even wished you peace!
Since you seem OK with trying to shame me into donating time or money, fine. I do not have much time to donate, but I have taken people to the grocery store when they swore they missed the van due to the VNA missing an appt, and when I checked there was no food in the house. I have paid so they could get their food. I have also made countless trips to the pharmacy for clients, and on occassion paid for their scripts. The most recent was a client who switched pharmacies, she was out of her seizure meds, had recently had a seizure too, and the new pharm said it was too soon to reorder, but they would give her some to get over the weekend until they "worked things out." I called the pharm myself and pleaded with them. No can do they said. I took a deep sigh, and decided I would pay for the difference out of my pocket. But, and I believe this is God at work here, knowing what my plan was, when I got to the pharmacy, it had all been straightened out, and I was able to get the whole month's supply, no charge, all covered by client's insurance.
I am not one to toot my own horn, but you asked. I hope that is worthy enough for you! I don't do it to be a good Christian, or a good nurse, or to make you proud of me, I do what I do because I try to be a decent human being, period. I can't help it if my decency and integrity interferes with your ideas of the perfect nursing philosophy, or solving all healthcare crises.
Oh yes, I also created a nursing web site with an emphasis on recruitment to home health nursing, and I get regular mail from nurses around the country and abroiad who thank me for helping them to decided, one way or another, whether to go into home health nursing. A small contribution perhaps, but I get nothing in return for it besides my own personal satisfaction.
And no, I am not interested in nursing polictics, guilty as charged. Maybe when my family is grown. My first priority is and always will be my family, then work. Howvere, I am sure that an intelligent and insightful individual such as yourself would be the perfect person to fight on behalf of all nurses for the betterment of nursing and working conditions.
And for the record, I have no guilt whatsoever about drawing a salary to care for the sick. Note the word "care" here!
I will not argue this point with you any longer. I respect the fact that we do not see things the same way. Maybe you can also respect my right to have an opinion of my own as well?