I don't know about a march on Washington (how would I ever be able to get off work??), but I do agree something needs to be done.
I am a new grad and am currently working on a medical unit. Right now I am on my 2nd day of orientation (which only lasts 1 mth) and only have 2 patients. It was wonderful. I was able to talk with my patients and actually feel like I did nursing care. I know this will all change, and the nurses are constantly reminding me of that. I love what I do though, and am not looking forward to running around like a maniac and risking my patients' lives just because the hospital thinks it's safe for nurses to care for 10 patients at a time. I do get paid well and I do feel that there are many rewards to nursing. I just want to be able to do what I "thought" nursing was all about...and that's taking care of my patients, not the "bottom line".
I keep hearing that you have to work overtime without pay, and that you may not get any breaks during you shift, and 10 patients is "normal"...all this I hear is considered "paying your dues".
I will do what I have to do though to gain experience and get ahead. I just think we as a profession should respect what we do and force others to do the same.
I, too, think changes are in order, but someone has to lead it. I do not have the experience to do that but am certainly willing to join the crusade.