I first entered this profession because I wanted to help people and make a positive contribution to society. I have tried to make the most of my job/clinical setting but the demands are ever-increasing, as are the nurse-to-patient ratios and we're operating with a skeleton crew. Also the exorbitant amount of time spent on non-nursing tasks is self-imploding and managers consistently lecture us on "patient/client satisfaction" although our managers spend ZERO time on the floor... and it usually has to deal with things we nurses have no control over, for example a popular one is Patient X, Patient Y and Patient Z aren't satisfied with what they ordered from the menu of hospital food and are trying to find ways to blame the nurses. Never-mind that I successfully administered a blood transfusion or noticed early signs of stroke and arranged a speedy transfer/referral... because patient's are complaining about the food, or the thread-count of their sheets and "patient satisfaction is everything". I understand that the corporate entities that have demoralized the work force in this country do it across the board. To that end, I would gladly take a pay-cut for a nursing job that offers working conditions that are more ethical and tolerable for nurses but I am having no luck in my Job Search and am on the verge of giving up. As it stands, I can no longer tolerate bedside nursing and am desperately seeking a way out into teaching or a desk job (oh sweet Jesus please!!)... but those jobs require BScN and I am just a diploma nurse. Most days, I feel more like a glorified maid than a highly skilled and educated professional. I get that this is the big BUSINE$$ of healthcare, but I sometimes feel like I work in a hotel and it feels like conditions are worsening for nurses. At this point, it's all the ******** that's making me question whether I should even bother completing my BScN or whether I should just leave the profession altogether. I am losing hope. Unless you're lucky enough to work in upper management, the only other options are hands-on Nursing Jobs where we nurses break our backs and are treated very badly.I am so exhausted and run-down, and I don't know what to do or where to go from here. Hope and/or advice needed.