Nurses rule!

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I just sat down with my ELLE Canada [May 2016], and I can’t tell you how dis­ap­pointed I am that the ad­vice [one reader] would give her 15-year-old self is “Be­come a doc­tor in­stead of a nurse” [ELLE An­niver­sary Sweet 15 reader sur­vey re­sults]. I un­der­stand that there are in­di­vid­u­als out there who think that nurses are a step down from doc­tors, but I’m think­ing those in­di­vid­u­als are not very well ed­u­cated. What re­ally galls me is that you pub­lished this, giv­ing cre­dence to an out­dated and den­i­grat­ing opin­ion. Young women may be in­flu­enced by what you put be­tween your glossy cov­ers! I have proudly been a nurse for 30 years. I have a di­ploma, a BScN and an MHSc; I have worked on a med­i­cal ward and in the NICU at Women’s Col­lege Hospi­tal, and now I work in a pe­di­atric prac­tice. Nurses are skilled, knowl­edge­able and car­ing in­di­vid­u­als who de­serve es­teem and re­spect. We are the foun­da­tion of health care in Canada. Nurs­ing is NOT what you do in­stead of be­ing a doc­tor! Karen MacNeil Hart­mann, toronto

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