Recognize that you are a nursing professional and not “just a nurse.” Your licensure as an RN or licensed practical nurse is not JAN – just a nurse. Whether or not you’re happy and prosperous in your nursing career is your choice. If you put forth the effort to stay up to date, to remain certified, and to commit yourself to evidence-based practice, doors will open to you.
The ways other people see you are the result of how you see yourself. If you see yourself as just a nurse, that’s how others will treat you. If you see yourself as a highly educated, skilled, and dedicated professional, then that is how you will be perceived.
Now, fortunately, it’s rather easy to change perceptions by other people, but it takes time. Start today and dispose of with that “just a nurse” attitude. You are a highly trained, skilled professional, and you deserve respect. Don’t forget your responsibility to stay up to date, to become certified, and to commit yourself to better nursing care. We can help you along the way.