My university nursing school recruiters emphasized that nursing was "not just" bedside care. It pointed to advanced practice, to specialists, to consultants, to researchers, and entrepreneurs (sp?) as just a few of the many possibilities. They highlighted some of the best of the best roles in nursing, but didn't give much time to what kinds of jobs the majority of nurses have. They clearly were trying to groom "future leaders of nursing."
During school, they emphasized how nursing was "not just" carrying out orders, passing meds, etc. They emphasized holistic care, autonomy, professionalism, patient education, research, etc. While what they said is true & important, they forgot to mention that bedside care makes up a majority of nursing jobs in many areas, especially those available to new grads, and that carrying out orders (taking orders off, contacting MDs for new orders, etc) and passing meds (setting up IVs, pain assessment, etc) and documenting care can often make up the bulk of a nurse's workload.
They forgot to mention that in many settings nurses have little opportunity to do more than just the basics because necessary prioritization will mean that those things that keep a patient alive and not getting physiologically worse will get done over other more holistic, educational, therapeutic, supportive nursing care.
They forgot to mention until the last term in school that it would be a good idea to work for at least a year in acute care before branching out to all of the those tempting jobs that they held out before potential nursing students as career goals. It's not obvious that a specialist nurses should have to earn their stripes as a generalist first. That's not always the case for specializing in one's profession of choice.