So, what is this fight about? Ensuring that we, nurses, get due credit for all of our accomplishments, ie, "tooting our own horn," or making sure that doctors don't?
I understand, and completely agree with the need for recognition and societal change in attitude towards nursing in general, but for the purpose of playing devil's advocate, which would you prefer: public attention, or patient gratification? When was the last time you saw a patient cry out of gratitude to one of their physicians? And now think about how often you see a similar experience occur with nurses. Perhaps we don't get international acclaim, but that has never been the goal of nursing -- from the very beginning, it was, and should remain, about the patients.
That's why, evertime I tell someone that I'm going to be a nurse, they break out in praise of good nursing experiences that they and their loved ones have been fortunate enough to receive during difficult times. Nobody says stuff like that about their surgeon.
Not discrediting the media acclaim and attention that is rightly due to nurses, but I'd much rather be recognized in a true, meaningful and personal way -- without trying to force compliments and attention to myself -- than to be known as proud, conceited and attention-seeking, like most physicians are.