The way I see it, the problem is that those who know what's really going on are--or feel--powerless, and those with power have no idea. I have an idea--what if every licensed nurse in the country received a letter asking them to explain in a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, or the chair of the appropriate Congressional committee, or some other person deemed appropriate, WHY there is a nursing shortage in this country, or WHY they have a current license but DON'T work at the bedside any longer? If we could get five percent of licensed nurses to respond, that's something like 110,000 letters, with each telling a nurse's personal story. Personally, I would volunteer to send a letter to every RN in the state of Michigan. Is this a good idea, or no? Anybody?