Wildtimes 88. Good job! Spoken like a true manager/administrator. Nursing solving its problems from within! I'm laughing my butt off right now. Get with the program... almost all professions have either a union or an informal union to meet demands of the workers. Doctors stick together thus they have excellent wages, excellent benefits, and excellent working conditions. Nobody argues that they don't deserve a good salary like people do about nurses. Lawyers are paid well because they have an informal union that demands that law professionals get paid well. Now that I think of it, most doctors and lawyers are men, right? Most nurses are women, which gives all the more reason to unionize. Please. One woman complaining about working conditions and salaries is nothing more than that... "a woman PMSing". Almost an entire profession unionizing and, uh oh, maybe it's more than PMS, maybe there is a problem. This profession is a joke. Nurses backstab each other. They gripe, complain, and take no action whatsoever. People view nurses as mere maids, not the professionals that they are. They b-tch and moan to each other, but when faced with a supervisor, they say nothing. I can hear your thoughts now... this nurse is ignorant, not all nurses are that way, he generalizes too much, he's arrogant, he has no idea about unions. Allow me to defend myself. I am not ignorant, I am realistic. While not all nurses are the way I described, enough of them are to stop the profession in its tracks from the goals it needs to reach. I'm not arrogant, I'm saying it the way that it is. I have been in a union for another profession, and I was paid well, had great benefits, had a great working environment, and management knew they couldn't shove us around because the union reps would be down their throats so fast their heads would spin. Nurses need to put these business people that run our profession in check. Either they give us what we want, or we'll strike. That means they'll have to pay absurd amounts of money to bring in nurses to keep the hospital running, and they can't do that forever. It's not like we're asking too much. Don't give us so many patients that it's unsafe. Don't force us to work mandatory overtime. Pay us the same as other professionals... $50,000 a year and up, like those business people make. Don't come into our work environment and treat us like crap, like we're unimportant to this hospital. Give us incentives to work excessively hard, don't just expect it. Ladies and gentlemen, we need to come into the world of business with our profession. Don't come into the profession because of this romantic notion of "caring" is more important than anything else. Caring is what we do, but it is also what we are compensated for. Doctors are very business minded... nurses can be too. We can be great nurses and professionals too. For those nurses that don't agree, ask yourself this,"Why don't I deserve all those things that he's talking about? Am I not valuable? Are my services not important to this company making money?". I can't wait to hear from the nurses who will bite off my head and spit down my throat for this entry. But I also can't wait to hear from nurses who feel the same way that I do.