I agree with the original post but I also wanted to address my brother Grandpa Nurse. I don't know about others but I am a veteran from the 80's and discharged before the war. God bless you for your service and sacrifice my brother but I have to disagree with some of what you say. First off I served for 6 years active duty, secondly I spent 9 years as a correctional officer and volunteer EMT. I owe nothing to society and I believe I have given of myself enough with that said there is only one other cause I am willing to commit to and it is not nursing. I have been a nurse for going on 20 years and this area (Southwest Virginia/Carilion} has not received a descent raise in almost 20 years. Yes, I do it for the money and no I didn't go to school to be a servant for the people, I owe society nothing. The nurses in this area are nothing more than slaves to the system. A system which could care less about their staff. A system where the president makes over a million a year yet pays travel nurses because she doesn't want to increase nursing pay to retain staff or recruit new nurses.
Take a look at the situation staff are in with the pandemic. When all is said and done and the smoke clears nurses will have risked their lives, some will have died and it will be business as usual because big business does not give a rats *** about their staff. Until nurses stand up and demand change to the point of refusing to work we will all continue to suffer. Brother, nursing is no longer a prestigious profession but one of slavehood.
As a side note companies give discounts etc. to first responders (Police, Firemen, EMTs) but when do you see nurses included with the celebrations, discounts and recognition? In case any of you have forgotten you are exposed to things that can kill you every day. God Bless you all!