My concern is less with people thinking nursing is easy (although a member of my husband's family did tell me nursing was "just memorizing" and I was not happy) but moreso with people having unrealistic expectations of what nursing actually is. They might think, as some other posts mention, we are the endless fountain of free healthcare advice everyone in the family should turn to for everything. For example: my cousin said "my ankle hurts when I run on a treadmill. What should I do?" My response? "Don't run on a treadmill." I was still in college then and now I have over six years experience and that would still be my answer. Even a doctor needs diagnostics, not a random complaint or cluster of symptoms, to make a diagnosis.
Then there are people who think we are the servants to physicians, "yes doctor"-ing our way through the hospital, while the MD passes meds, draws blood and does patient care. I blame TV and movies for this and I blame the idiots who believe it even more.
For the most part, the people in my life think my job is gross, tiring and interesting. They're not wrong. But until you've walked a mile (or 12 hour shift) in my ugly but supportive shoes, you'll never get it. And I'm ok with that.