Please, excuse me if my comments offend you, they aren't intended that way. I am certain things are much improved from the way they were many years ago and attitudes have changed significantly for the better and after a great deal of hard work. Years ago when I first joined the nursing force, men were few and far between back then and I was often treated as if I were a work horse, only around to lift patients in and out of bed or for much needed brawn if a patient were to get rowdy and out of control, handy to do the male caths, you get the picture. All of this on top of having my own patients to care for. This was a female dominated career field and if I wanted to get along with any hope of progressing, I needed to go along to get along. I was also in school and working full time. One thing I noticed was that the nurses usually got the short end of the stick as far as pay, benefits and other enticements were concerned, such as weekend differentials, uniform allowances, tuition reimbursements, paid ceu's. Yet know one was willing to speak up about it or if they did, they were threatened with termination. No one was willing to listen to a female. They didn't respect the voice at the time. There were very few Nursing Organizations with any clout and if any tried to establish themselves they were shut down by Administration and the instigators were terminated and blackballed. Sadly, today the Nursing field is still way behind where it should be because of it's late start, and male dominated professions enjoy salaries, benefits and other perks nurses won't come to enjoy for another 20 years. All because women aren't/weren't willing to speak up and demand what should rightfully be theirs. The old saying that "women should be kept barefoot and pregnant," has been utilized by male chauvinist for years to keep women down and "keep them in their place." I love one of the signatures that Esme12 uses on her posts, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent".... Eleanor Roosevelt. I love it because it is so very true and it is a great affirmation, whether it is someone on your unit, a Physician who does rounds on the unit and always bust your chops, your Unit Manager or even just another team member, you have to let them put you down and only you have the power to stop them. As far as your career goes, only you can make it go better too. I made the changes in my own career path that I needed to make and ended up where I called the shots on the very units where I once worked lugging people out of bed, guess what, I still had to help get people in and out of bed. Nursing is nursing and some things never change. Lol. But, there are things that we can change if we work together to change them, they'll never change if we simply set around and say we need for change to come about and let it go at that. It's like the Chinese Proverb. "Give a basket to two people, Which do you think will get full faster, One who sits and merely wishes or One who gets up, goes and fishes? Lesson being, you have to act.