Question for Nurses:
I'm working on a story for a nurses trade magazine about the effects of the souring economy on the profession
Because there is a nursing shortage, we don't hear too much about mass layoffs of RNs (there are some, I've heard). I am wondering mostly about more indirect problems. For instance, are nurses finding themselves as the sole breadwinners in families with laid off spouses? Have financial cutbacks at hospitals (related directly to the economic outlook) resulted in more mandatory overtime and more stress? Have you seen more cases of domestic violence among patients because of financial woes or unemployment?
If anybody has a personal anecdote or an insight to share, it might be invaluable for my story. Feel free to post or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org