A growing source of concern about the nursing profession is negative messages that reach the public. Nursing is still an appealing profession and usually has the ability to make a difference in people’s lives.
– Little is published about nursing successes or uplifting nursing stories.
– Perceptions have remained that nurses are beholden to and handmaiden to doctors.
– Another wrong perception is from retired nurses who say that nursing is no longer what it was 20 to 30 years ago.
The fact that care has changed and that nursing has adapted to respond to new needs surely is an opportunity for nursing to showcase its breadth, depth and influence. Spreading that message would make nursing a more attractive career, I am sure.
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