Great post and unfortunately it's true. I've been a nurse for a total of 14 years as an LVN and recently an RN. I've seen the changes in nursing. Nursing is definitely a noble profession and I love it. I just can't imagine doing anything else. I love patient care, providing teaching, actually evaluating outcomes, interacting with my patients and their families, and most importantly active listening. I hate for my patients to feel or sense that they are taking too much of my time, but the reality is that nurses are in and out of the rooms because they are so busy! Nursing shouldn't be as if your patients are on an assembly line. I've worked in LTC for many years and it's just as demanding as your ERs, ICUs, CCUs, Med/Surgs, etc. That's why I now work in home health and hospice nursing because I feel that I can provide that quality, safe, and one-on-one care that my patient need...just my preference. The pay isn't the optimal hospital pay, but hey I didn't become a nurse for the pay. The highlight of my day is the appreciation, thank you, or a hug I receive from a patient or family member. I congratulate all of the good nurses out there. Be proud, you are doing a great job!