I can see it now. ALL our job descriptions will include possible charge nurse coverage, there-by making us management, and preventing us from joing unions. This will give hospitals free range to control wages and patient to staff ratios. I say!! All ONE MILLION nurses nationwide tell everyone in this country that at midnight 12/24/06. MERRY CHRISTMAS! WE QUIT! We are fed up! Our wages are fixed (illegally), we put our license's on the line with heavy patient loads/assignments, we are abused and disrespected by doctors, patients, families, and admin, we are exposed to numerous communicable diseases, nosocomial infections, HIV, the HEP family of viruses, the list goes on..... Yet we have no health/disability coverage for this, instead we lose our jobs. We're TOLD to do more with less, the equipment is old. We have to tow the line outside of work. We get yelled at, at home, because we aren't around every weekend or holiday, and miss special events. We are expected to come to work sick. And NOW we have to put up with this ruling.
WAKE UP AMERICA, there is a nursing shortage. STOP making us mad or there won't be any nurses to help you. AND Nurse's stand together. Start being cohesive, stop stabbing each other in the back. We have the greatest oppotunity at hand. As the largest single employed group in this country, we have the power and strength to make demands. Lets move forward as the biggest TEAM this nation has ever seen assembled and demand better working conditions, better wages and benefits, money spent on better equipment, patient/staff ratio's, WHY should adminsitration get the bonuses, we do the work!!! I think you all get my point. If we want a better way of working and living, then it is up to us as a whole to ensure it happens.