Jenny P, I missed 8 weeks of work! I am still waiting for a court date, the injury was Oct 16, 2000, and is a felony in this state. ( Regarding an assault, in the ED. ) I have a new appreciation for thumb injuries, with a fracture and ligament damage of my dominant hand. I learned to play tennis with a brace on. MNA is a joke! I have very little regard for that organization. I filed grievances, made phone calls, that were NOT returned, and we could NOT even enforce the contract at the facility where I worked. Sorry to get off on a tangent, but I am bitter with the treatment we nurses get everyday. My coping skills are tested to the max, in this glamorous profession. I feel each nurse has to stop violence in the workplace. That includes abuses by our facilities,ie short staffing, mandatory overtimes, consistently rude MDs, poor scheduling, and limiting time off, vacations. We are nearly at the bottom of the health care food chain. Where do we start picking our battles? This profession, we call nursing, in my opinion, is NOT appreciated by management, administration, unless there is some customer service issues, or litigation. The frantic work settings are difficult maintain a healthy work environment. Where is there a proactive administration, that deals with the high RN turn over, or disgruntled staff? In this capitalistic society, we are just overpaid worker bees, to hospital administration. Competition, poor reimbursement, makes hospital administrations, search for ways to cut the budget. Historically nursing gets hit first. We get bruised and battered regularly, in this female dominated profession. Under pay, overwork, and under appreciate the tasks we do. Yet, we continue to show up to work in these conditions. This is a contract year in this metro area. However, each facility negotiates separately, in this market place. How convenient for management, divide and conquer. So we nurses will continue to enable management to continue the course. Now Tommy Thompson, a conservative is nominated by the Bush administration. Get ready for more cutbacks, and compationate conservatism, an oxymoron. We will have to continue to vent to each other, put our collective heads down, and survive another workplace crisis. I have a tough time staying optomistic. I savour the rare compliment. And I have cut back my work schedule, and sought mental health support. I have a supportive family, but I am considering our employment options. What do you do? Just identifying the nursing enabling behavior is a start. Informing others is also being done by you. Being involved with the (supposed union), justifies your activism. Get ready of more of the same, as mangement will continue to dictate on the one way street, this profession has historically allowed. Sorry for getting so riled up.