Hmmm...I agree with every point articulated here. It was painful to read because I find it to be spot on. I'll say again I think nursing can be its own worst enemy. The big positive change in nursing is that nurses are paid better now. Other than that, the problems are still there, many different but no less disturbing. I loved what I did but got frustrated with what the above OP stated. When business got involved in healthcare, it changed things for the worst. I predict things may improve if there is another shortage of RNs at the bedside. It's part of life to see change, but I got quite disheartened with some of what I saw before I retired. My passion is with the bedside nurse, and to see so many, at least on AN, inquire about the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to become an Advanced Practice Nurse is alarming to me. If so many schools are pushing this, then shame on them. Who is going to take of us at the bedside? How can we nurture the bedside nurse and help him/her advance his/her knowledge to stay at the bedside?
Thanks, JKL33, for your input.