I found this fascinating quote today from Shirley Williams over at Nursing Notes regarding Nurses Week. I think she speaks for many of us. Follow the link to read the entire article:
What I want instead of trinkets is a voice. I want to have some say in how I do my job and how I care for my patients. I want to be respected for my knowledge of my patients’ and their families’ needs. I want to have the right to say, “I can only take care of 5 patients today because two of them are critically ill and will need constant attention.”nursingtrends.wordpress.com, Nursing Notes, May 2010
You should read the whole article.