And I think that they may feel the nurses that come and go so easily are not necessarily being dis-loyal to the hospital as they are being disloyal to the rest of the nurses on that floor.
Colleen, I think you hit the nail on the head! In the unit I work on, we have many nurses who have been there for 10 yrs+, and many who have just started, but not very many in between. I think most of the "older" nurses understand to a degree why the nurses come in for a year or two and then leave for more money (as in some other state or to travel). It seems like it's that way everywhere. Besides, a lot of us are secondary breadwinners, and sometimes when the primary breadwinner has to move for one reason or another, we have to go too. I am faced with that right now. I like where I am and would like to stay there at least a couple of more years, but I just can't. Hubby's job seems to be drying up, and we're going to have to move somewhere where the cost of living is a lot cheaper so we can live on my salary while he goes back to school. Not what I had planned but I'll roll with it.
Also, sometimes it's hard on the new people who feel like they are "new" forever. That is, we're not going to accept you till you've been here for five years. That hasn't happened to me where I work because I've made it a point to get to know my co-workers, even if they are not initially forthcoming. I also joined AACN, which I think may have earned me some brownie points with the NM and days charge nurse (although I wasn't trying to, I didn't even know who was going to be at the first meeting I went to; I just saw the flyer at work and decided to go). Some people go into a job expecting to make friends and be "one of the guys" instantly. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. But the new person has to do their part to fit in. That's what I've tried to do.
As for loyalty to a unit or a hospital, everyone has to make their own decision as to how much BS they will take in exchange for comfort and familiarity. Our sister unit (same NM) for years was one of the best floors in the hospital to work. Well, not anymore. They have lost nearly 40 nurses in the past year and when the new RN grads were out pounding the pavement for jobs back in May, not one of them even APPLIED to work in that unit. So now it's almost all agency and new grad LPNs. We just became decentralized a couple of months ago, but we are strongly encouraged to take a pull to that unit if we are cancelled and they have a need. I refuse to though, because I might have to be in charge (because of all the agency and LPNs) and they are so short staffed (not to mention the last time I worked out there, I had six patients at the very ends of three different halls, ugh!).