Quote from latinarn
should we have more distinctive titles? will this give our profession more respect? i think that the way we are portrayed in the media has alot to do with the way the public percieves us. i can't watch er because the doctors do more nursing care on that show than the actual nurses! or the pink song that calls a nurse a "little *****." or the way that nurses are portrayed as sexual in white fish net stockings and a tight nursing uniform and cap. we should raise hell everytime that we are portrayed in a demeaning and disrespectful way by the media and maybe then they will get the picture. the public is bombarded by these images of a nurse.
as far as having adn, bsn, phd, by your name, let me tell you this. when i started a new job at the hospital that i currently work in, i asked that bsn be added behind my name. by the way the id printer behaved you would have thought that i did not earn this degree but wanted it printed on my badge. she called the director of nursing to see if this was "allowed." long story short, bsn is behind my name on my badge. i wonder if a doctor would have gotten the same hassle to have phd behind their name.
we should be proud of our educational achievements whether its an adn, bsn, msn, phd, crna, crnp. we are all educated professionals.
thanks for the comment....this is what i'm getting at by this post. as i origionally said....i have notice that we are portrayed along with uneducated professions such as food service as well as there is absolutely no distinction in my local newspaper. the employment ads don't differentiate between cna's, cma's, lpn's and rn's.....so what does that tell the public?! if the media compared doctors and their assistants in the same fashion....doctors would never stand for it. my husband is an engineer....they have very distinct titles based on their schooling (ie: level i, ii, iii, vi and so on) and they are never compared to a draftsman who is their assistant. most importantly their pay is reflected on both their schooling and their experience.
i can't help but think that if nurses refused to be lumped in the same category as their assistants in the news media and with the nursing boards (ie....call assistants techs or something else but do not refer to them as nurses...i also feel the same about lpn's as they just don't have the same training we do) we would have more respect. i also have noticed that when doctors have seen my educational title on my badge they realize i have more than one or two years of training and have been more open to my suggestions/requests.
i also feel that nurses with more college education should be paid more. period. by the same token....nurses with a lot of years in the practice and different levels of specialties should also be paid more. period. perhaps we should have levels of nursing (ie: level i, ii, iii, iv, etc as the engineers do). i really believe that by not insisting that we differentiate ourselves....we are not being perceived as a "real profession", thus we are portrayed terribly in the media, and we are not paid the salaries we should nor are we treated as the professionals we are!