Thanks Figaro! I posted an article on another thread but I'll repost it here. And Ceecel.dee, I'll be doing the same!!
From the July 7, 2002 Asbury Park Press
Invest savings in nurses
Kudos to the nurse who wrote the letter "Nurse shortage
a money matter" because she has addressed the heart of the problem: Show her the money.
Nurses are the eyes, ears, nose and monitors for the doctor's sick patients, and have been under-appreciated by the health care system for years. It's ironic when hospitals need the nurses most, the administrators/CEOs and hospital trustees permit downsizing the most experienced nurses to save money, jeopardizing patient care.
It's time to pay the nurses a salary commensurate with their work. We see CEOs and hospital vice presidents making astronomical salaries, with perks (limos, bonuses, etc.) for work that doesn't warrant such remuneration. Let's see the hospital trustees cut those astronomical administrative salaries and invest that money in our nurses.
Nurses care, but nobody cares about the nurses. That's why we have our present nursing shortage.
Dr. John Wrable