I read an article the other day, and it made me pretty angry. Since then I keep asking myself if we are really guilty of glorifying nurses? What do others think in this nursing community? I don't agree with this at all. Here's the article: We need to stop glorifying nurses
I don't believe that everyone in college could be a nurse. Most people who apply to the nursing program don't get accepted they are not smart enough.
Then, even if they do get into the program they have to actually pass each semester, and that's very difficult. After they pass all the semesters, they have to take the NCLEX exam that is a very challenging exam that many don't pass the first time or even the second. If you do pass the NCLEX, you have to find(and keep) a job. Nursing is hard work and it's not always easy to stick with a job that completely drains you both mentally and physically.
Nurses must learn to critically think, and some people don't even have the smarts to do that on the commute to work alone, never mind all day long decisions that must be sound enough to keep patients alive.
Nurses certainly don't always make more than non-nurses, and I don't call four years of college "little education." There are four-year college degrees that are much easier to complete than a nursing degree.
While I don't think nurses are heroic or better than non-nurses. I chose nursing because it's a decent income and a secure career. But I enjoy my work and helping others makes me happy.
I do get tired of hearing nursing students complain. So, I think the author was right when he said that nursing students do complain a lot. Did you really think it was going to be easy? Let us know how you feel once you've read this article.
Article: We Need to Stop Glorifying Nurses