Tim-GNP, your comments interest me. I actually DID experience ONE manager who helped out in a crunch, and actually recruited others in management to help too. I will miss this manager until the day I die! Mostly though, I have experienced the OTHER TYPE of managers, who would NEVER, EVER offer a hand during a crunch, which is just about EVERY single shift, EVERY single day now, but they would collect healthy bonuses for every shift where nursing hours were saved. I have turned down management positions, because I could not divorce myself from the trench and knew I simply COULD NOT make the decisions that managers are forced to make in the current health care climate, and live with myself, it would so affect my core. I'm not sure who these "radical political activists" are, that you believe may give us all a bad reputation, but I suspect That they are simply nurses like me, who throuh it all, are just trying to diliver good patient care in a climate that is so fraught with obstacles, that we've approached meltdown, and fear the future, if we somehow, some way, cannot turn things around. If it cannot be done, we will not go down without a unified voice, and for that reason, I and others like me will be marching come this May. I require no response, but have considered your comments thoughtfully, as you seem well informed, but I wonder about the ANA representation, since the situation for the nurse on the floor and the patients we are trying to care for is in such dire need of repair. Thank You All.