Yes, almighty dollar is often the bottom line,
and in many areas,
nurses are seen as very replaceable
. In many areas of the USA, there can be 6 to 10 (or more!) other nurses waiting for that slot to open up.
Many of us are suspicious even in some of the areas where there is still a supposed nursing shortage, that it isn't really true in some of the areas, or, it's severely overblown. The reasons promoting the idea "this area needs lotsa more nurses" could be an advantage to the area hospitals are not well understood by me, anyway,
but, it does seem to happen now and then...
I kind of miss working for union hospitals, really, but, won't respond or reply
to the anti-union types, (who always seem to quote their dads,
lol) who will jump on that.
One nurse, or even a bunch of unorganized nurses,
all wanting a change,
can be ineffective, but, if everyone in the whole house is on board, that
has some power.