Wow,I have been in nursing 28 years. You summed it up very well. I have been saying for a long time that Nurses are the only profession that has allowed itself to be denied any of the benefits enjoyed by many other service professions. Nurses should be able to retire after a set number of years, have a quality pension, as well as access to quality health care. I count myself among the many in Nursing who am proud to call myself an RN, and have given my all as a compassionate and dedicated care-giver. I am also among the many "older" Nurses who now have major back and knee issues, as well as NIDDM, HTN etc. In my years I have seen the evolution of increasing stress because we all work in a system that is not only broken, but is still being carried on the backs of the nursing profession!! Sadly I would not recommend Nursing at this point, until the profession gets off its collective tushy, and focuses more on the nuts and bolts of Nursing, and less on the number of alphabet soup letters it can bestow and collect. I will now leave my soap box for the evening!!