There has always been a dark cloud of ascetic expectations looming over nursing.
Because of this, while people will sing our praises and 'say' we are a vital component of a healthy community/society..........they will always resent having to pay for our services.
Nobody grows up saying "I want to have the best nurses money can buy." No matter how necessary our services are or how well we administer care, the belief is that we should give these things freely and be content with "satisfying our calling".
That is why people make comments like the one Hillary Clinton supposedly did. No matter how much someone respects us, if they believe what we have to offer should be given freely.........come time to pay the bills..........that respect doesn't do anyone any good. They think they are being cheated no matter what the health outcome was or what the price is.
I don't need Hillary'so respect. I've been fine so far without it.
What I need is for this ascetic delusion to be dispelled. That won't happen until we, ourselves, dismiss it. We are not there yet, (in fact, in a lot of ways, we support it) so it's probably not going to happen in my lifetime.