Thanks for sharing the article. It was indeed sad to read. The tone of the discourse demonstrates the caliber of misinformation the public has about nurses. Unfortunately, some of it is correct. We don't always show our best side to the camera. Some of our peers are not on point when they come to work. I'd like to think that most of us are, most of the time. And yet, we are as a group relatively uninformed and apathetic about the public's perception of us and about our role as healthcare providers. We can be short-sighted in our ability to see our virtue as a force for good. Consider our role in nurse-patient ratios: how many nurses actually understand that by reducing the ratio, we increase the positive outcomes for our patients and can actually reduce the "burden" on the healthcare system by increasing health? How many care enough to write a letter or make a call to their congressman(woman) to express their concerns/support/information?
Perhaps it is time for a change. Perhaps we need to consider ourselves as the source of that change, and come together and create the changes needed. I'm a nurse, at the bedside, by choice. I love what I do. I want to do it better, not just for me, for my patients.