I have been in Nursing for 46 years, I was an OB/GYN Nurse for the first 30 years and now I do Private Duty Nursing with Geriatric Patients. Nursing has been the love of my life!! I wanted to be a Nurse from the time I was 5 years old. I am so grateful that I went to school back in the day. There were patients on wards, people were in the hospital longer. We actually gave every patient a back rub during our HS care. We were a team, everyone worked together until all the work was done, we respected our elders and always asked questions if we were uncertain.I miss the white uniforms, the clinque shoes and the white starched caps, everyone knew we were Nurses. We were neat and clean. With the phase out of the 3 year program where you lived in a dorm next to the hospital the Nursing program has gone downhill. There is plenty of classroom hours but not enough Clinical time, many Nurses don't know how to do many procedures until they graduate and are thrown to the wolves on the units. And I must say that the Nurses in the workforce eat their young!! People have forgotten what it was like to be the new kid on the block!! I would love to be a motivational speaker at the Nursing Schools and maybe even the the workplace. I am proud to be a Nurse and will be until my dying day.