I haven't touched a bedpan in the past month (now I'll work my 3 12 hour shifts this weekend and my patients will all use them because I said that!). The problem we have (as I see it) is that we do so much for patients that sometimes WE even have trouble defining what we do!
It is easier to define the PHYSICAL things (such as bedpans, meds, etc.) about nursing than it is to define the intellectual, emotional, psychological and spiritual things that are all encompassed in the job of nursing.
It is a shame that nurses aren't paid better than they are in some parts of the world and country, but at times it may be our own fault because we don't always value what we do either. How many times do we say "I'm just a nurse, but..." Or, how many times do we tell the patient and family that "I noticed this... and called the doctor, and that is why your loved one is still alive, not because the doctor is so great!" We don't do that, do we?