Where will I work?!!!
Are you suggesting that if small ineffictive hospitals close there will be no sick people that require nursing care.
My small hospital closed last year. It was sad. We were like family. I am happily employed. I had absolutely no problem finding work.
Nurses are not dependent on hospitals. You have it backward. They are dependent on us.
Just because you are in a small tight knit work setting does not make it the only desirable one. Life and nursing goes on after closure.
It is a given that these closures are political. Sorry even our dear catholic hospitals are not immune to politics. It is no secret that many CA hospitals have been planning closure to force the issue with the legislature if and when the law became effective.
Poor staffing issues is not justifyable even for tiny religious facilities. Being faith based does not excuse putting staff and patients at risk.
You post seems to suggest that larger hospitals are undesirable places and and will treat nurses worse and pay worse.
How can you even suggest this? The large facilities are the ones that have the $$, technology, and the expertise to care for sicker patients than tiny hospitals. Tiny hospitals like the one you describe must transfer patients because they do not have the equipment, skill, nor knowlege base to provide more than very basic routine care to non complex patients.
I understand the personal sadness. However, this is not ground for keeping this hospital open. It takes more than tear/emoations for safety and efficacy.
P. S. as to your question about pay and benefits. Mine improved greatly.