Actually if you look under healthcare techinicians, they have all levels of nursing including advanced practice as technician (and practitioners true ). And my soon to be GN friend, just wait awhile. I didnt say nursing was not worthy of respect. , I just said it doesnt get the respect it deserves. I realize you are in nursing school where they fluff us up to be saints, but in the real world its a bit different. [/quote]
You think I'm going to nursing school because of a bill of goods the SCHOOL sold to me? Or is it more along the lines of growing up playing around my grandfather's medical practice and spending the night at the hospital with my sisters, many times as a child when my mother had to work the night shift and she couldn't get a baby sitter? Even better...do you think it might be because I had a "calling" about two years before I even picked up the phone to make my first call to a nursing school to see about admission, or that I have spent my entire working career helping other individuals and wanted to do it on a higher level other than working in an office?
RN's...were listed under HEALTHCARE-NURSING
CNA's.were listed under HEALTHCARE-NURSING and PRACTITIONER and TECHNICIAN?
Do you think that Salary.com is the end-all, be-all of how the world sees the profession? Or is it more along the lines of being a database and they put "Nurse" in every conceivable catagory so it would show up on a search?
I'm sorry..mods...bear with me here, I'm trying to be as respectful as possible.
As I said in my previous post, I have NEVER heard a single person bashing the nursing profession in my ENTIRE life...the only place that I see it bashed is in posts like this...and THAT is the core fo the problem. There is no way I am going to put my family through the financial struggle that it is under now to get "downgraded" in a profession.
I am not under a delusion...I live in the real word...I don't think for a second that I am going to graduate as an RN, get my first job in a hospital, work with nurses with 10, 20, 30, 40 years of experience, and be welcomed to "the club" with open arms....I am going to have to prove the basics that I will learn in school, and keep an open mind and ear to realize that I will have so much further to go, and have the wisdom to understand, that no matter how long you have been working as a nurse, you can learn something every day from the most senior nurse on staff right down to the new grad.
I have hopefull in my name for a reason...because I am a positive person and a positive thinker. My only "hope" is that you learn to love your profession as much as I know that I will...and realize that respect isn't handed over on a silver platter, but earned, just like it is in ANY profession.