I realize that good nursing positions are harder than ever to find, but what makes nurses think this only pertains to nursing? MANY college graduates are having difficulty finding jobs...why do you think so many pursue a master's degree right away! I know MANY people with Bachelors and Masters degrees who are working at minimum wage jobs because they can't get jobs in their field and they have giant student loans to repay on top of it. The truth of the matter is that a Bachelors degree is a dime-a-dozen these days and everybody has one so you're not "special" to have even graduated from college anymore.
Thank God we have been actually given special skills as nurses. Not just anyone can do our jobs and I don't even think the workplace problems people complain about on these threads is specific to health care. My husband is an engineer and I hear the same kind of crap going on in his workplace. Granted he doesn't work in a life or death environment, so it's not exactly the same, but trust me the older engineers are not welcoming new grads who think they know it all into the fold with warm, fuzzy open arms. Everyone is worried about losing their jobs these days!
I appreciate the "reality" check, and as someone pointed out that presenting reality is therapeutic, but I also know that "reality" is subjective to some degree and misery loves company. I'm also mature enough to know that there are very few things in life that are what you thought they would be! Marriage comes to mind...haha In fact, I once had a job for 18 years that I literally was on the clock 24/7, worked every single weekend and holiday, was bitten, pooped on and never heard a thank-you. And on top of it all the pay sucked! I'm sure most of you can guess that it's called being a mother. Trust me, that gig wasn't what I imagined at all! ;-/
Not to be disrespectful, but honestly, if being a nurse is so damn miserable then why not get out of the way so those of us who want the jobs can have them?