I became a nurse in 1985. Yes, same core nursing tasks: patient advocacy, questioning MD orders when needed. Seemed we had more autonomy back then. As an LPN I answered to the RN of course but my delegation of tasks to CNA was more accepted where as these days my directions are ignored often; they "make sure with the RN." That's frustrating and demeaning. Wore a nursing cap the first year or so then it became obsolete. As an LPN in nursing homes many years ago, there were fewer RNs so we were definitely in charge.
I passed medications, performed treatments, delegated tasks to CNAs, did rounds with doctors. Many changes these past 31 years. Tired of nursing. Tired of the toxic, bullying environment. Anticipating retirement next year.