When do we say enough is enough? We're overworked, underpayed, and unappreciated. I've been a nurse for 5 years, but I feel like I've been in this for 25 years. I hear everyone say: If only I could spend more time with patients or If they would give us a little more money> And everyones right! We sure in the heck didn't go into this field to make the money, we went into to it to take care of people. We take the verbal abouse and yes sometimes the physical abuse(you can tell I work in the ER) simply because we care about people and their well being. We want to help them through their troubles and their pains, but yet we're not able to do that. Why? I know at the hospital I work at we have to many CEO's, assistants, and managers taking up space. NOT ENOUGH NURSES. We've turned healthcare into a business. It can't be ran like that. Granted their several people that I take care of that don't have a dime to their name, but that doesn't mean I treat them any differently. What's the answer? Next question-MONEY! None us are asking for 3.5 million a year(Unlike our CEO) but we would like to be able to afford the cost of living. Look at the gas prices. Pretty soon the hospitals will have a bus to pick us up at our homes so we can work. Face it, the cost of living has continously risen in the 5 years. Has our wages? Sure we may have gotten a few cents here, but does that really help? You need to ask yourself, if all the nurses on your shift called in, what would administration do? They need us! Our patients need us! I know in the ER, it never stops. Is a union the answer? If we don't stand up, we'll continue to be pushed the the side. I know I've my complaints, but I continue to go unheard. Please don't get me wrong, I love my job. I'm proud to be a nurse! I just don't want to end up at the review board defending myself! If anyone has the answers, I'm eager to listen.