I'm a single parent with a son who depends on me and me alone for everything. I go to work everyday, pay for our house, our food, our clothing and my daycare by myself. I have never recieved public assistance like TANF or foodstamps or even medicaid. I did however recieve help to go through nursing school from JTPA. I don't think that makes me a bad person or a bad nurse. In fact, I consider myself a very good nurse, and I am thankful for the assistance that I recieved to better my life and my son's life.
i do have to say that I am very disappointed that in a profession where compassion for others is considered a neccessity, that so many here have none. If you have no compassion for your fellow man, then how can you have compassion for your patients? What if your patient is in the hospital and their bill is being paid by tax payer money? Do you treat them differently? I believe that as a society we who can should help the ones who can't. By offering those a hand up instead of a hand out will benefit us all in the long run.