Kezanjel, WELCOME to allnurses AND the nursing profession!... don't allow anyone to tell you being an Enrolled Nurse is anything less than a NURSE! Throughout your nursing experience you will come across those who think they know it all, those who wish they knew it all & SOME who know a little! There has always been people with negative attitudes in the nursing profession. Those who, by reasons of opportunity and/or choice, were able to study for the register as opposed to the roll, often think they're "better" or "real" nurses, compared to Enrolled Nurses. In all walks of life, people make decisions based on information available to them and/or according
to their own individual circumsances at the time.
I've been nursing for 34 years, so I'm fairly well qualified to comment, I feel. There always has been & there always will be,a place for both Enrolled AND Registered nurses. Both streams of practise have something positive & essential to contribute to the nursing profession as a whole.
Stand tall, be proud, listen & learn, work hard & keep abreast of current practices & procedures. Maintain your own health, both mental as well as physical. Nurture a sense of humour & self educate, read books, watch documentaries. Learn & grow. Keep a kind heart, remember to always treat both your patients & fellow nurses as you yourself would wish to be treated. Whenever someone starts with the negative comments, hit them with a positive! You are a valuable member of the health care team, you are a colleague, no matter the title! Respect has to be earnt, always remember that. Just as you must earn the respect of others, so too must THEY earn it, no matter the title!...
Conduct yourself with dignity at all times, never allow anyone to put you down or make "light" of your role & the job you do. You will come to see, there are nurses, and there are "nurses", in both levels of the profession.
GOOD LUCK with your new career & remember, always believe in YOU!....