I fear you've misunderstood my point or perhaps it was poorly worded.Comments like this only go to prove that most people who criticise frontline staff in our hospitals don't have a clue. Most nurses are leaving from ward posts because they simply cannot take the stress and overwork. My sister works in a specialist area - not A&E - and often gets home from work late with her lunch still in her bag, uneaten. You really don't know the actual situation, however, when the number of nurses working is finally reduced to the point where the hospitals can no longer cope reality will dawn.
Many nursing jobs are very stressful and perhaps these nurses are underpaid given the work they do. Conversely other nursing areas are not difficult or stressful. Despite this their Union effectively does not allow differing wage levels. Clearly nurses in the most stressful areas where there is a shortage should be paid more then nursing jobs that are less stressful and where there is no shortage.
Not sure why you are jumping down my throat, are you suggesting every single nurse has as equally stressful a job as your sister ?