MariposaLPN, again you have misunderstood. I am not upset, you have as much right to your idealistic views as anyone else, and I have the right to my experience and loss of idealism, after years of banging my head against the wall thinking I could change things and make the world a better place. But, what I learned is first you have to realize that the world....mostly doesnt care to change, that greed runs many businesses including unfortunately these days hospitals, and to use the reason that you are helping people in a sort of altruistic fashion is how some of above stated "greedy bastards" get you to buy into why it isnt necessary to compensate nurses for the agonizingly, difficult, self sacrificing work we do by patting us on the head and saying "but you are doing it for the good of the sick and injured". THAT was my point. So, I admire you for wanting to defend your idealism, at one time so would I, but I grew up and got a reality check. Nurses (in my opinion) have for too long failed to demand pay for the difficult and often soul draining job we do. We not support each other enough, for where else would it come from. Do good work, but dont sell out to some archaic notion of an "angel of mercy", that title doesnt pay too well.