At one of the local hospital's they have a "you asked for it" nursing shortage.
OK here is what I mean, the CEO gave all nurses a pay cut accross the boards to help pay for new construction. Since it was just the nursing staff that received the pay cut, morale went way down and I think about 80+ nurses quit. In a nutshell, all new grads were hired (this was good for me), they had to call in travel nurses (which costs the hospital alot more money), and they had to turn non-priority patients away sometimes (which made the community upset with the hospital).
After about a year of all this going on, they gave the nurses a raise across the board.
The local university noticed that admissions were down for the nursing program, so they started a part-time track for those potential recruits that can't go to school full time (b/c as we all know, nursing school
can be very time demanding!).
[This message has been edited by Julie,SN (edited June 03, 2000).]