1. I had a BS in neuroscience before I became a nurse and I will say that nursing school was harder. Once you actually become a nurse you will see that everything always falls on the nurse. If a change needs to be made, it all falls on the nurse. Doctors are not filling in time in/time out sheets, oh the nurse should be on top of it (now they fill them out). Oh, there is an increase in central line infections (So now the nurse must fill out a quality assurance document for every incersion on top of their regular charting). Patient and family is not satisfied with explainations or updates they are receiving, must be the nurses fault. Doctor ordered medicaiton wrong, pharmacy must call nurse, so nurse can deal with the issue. Again, I like how the person who said that you don't hear a family member come in and say, can I talk to the CNA, EKG tech, radiologist about my mother. We have a lot on our shoulders. We can whine a little if we want because all day we have to listen to patient's, families, administration, doctors whine to us.
2) I do not think that the other professions do not have to deal with the patient's at their worst. They may spend two minutes with the patient as opposed to twelve hours. They are not always so caring. The other day, my patient, who was 1 day post heart transplant in a tremendous amount of pain, and constipated. He finally had the urge to make a BM and I just placed him on the bedpan when the ECHO tech came to do a bedside ECHO. I told her the patient was on the bedpan, she said she needed to get the ECHO done now because she was going home in an hour and he was her last patient (ECHO may take 30 min max). So threatened me with the oh I can't wait forever, could you do something about it. I should have told the patient he had to hold it for 30 min until the ECHO was done (even though he already feels like crap). She waited 5 minutes. I went to answer my other patient's call light and she went in the room to do the ECHO while the patient was on the bedpan. I just hope someone shows her the same courtesy if she is a patient.
3) I will admit, the crazy scrubs can be a bit much, but as a patient I would rather my nurse be competent than wear solid scrubs.
4) Nursing diagnosis help nurses with their assessment of situations. A nurses assesment is his/her most valuable asset. Doctors rely on nurses assesments. In the ICU doctors make clinical decisions based on the nurses assessment every minute.
5) I don't see how #5 has anything to do with making nurses look like they do not have a brain.
6) Again, not one person knows everything. Even doctors don't know everything (except for you apparently you know everything). I am a CTICU nurse and I couldn't tell you more than a handful of material related to maternity nursing. And an OB/GYN physician could probably not tell me how to titrate my ICU drips.