I am trying to ask others out there in the Nursing profession a burning question. I am trying to research the issue, but cannot seem to find information to answer my question.
We hear of and know of the current nursing shortage. (Or as I have read on this site, is there a true shortage?) It seems that employment security is strong with this profession, especially doing the bedside work. I personally have a great desire to bring a lot of committment and devotion to nursing and I have been very fortunate to be able to get accepted into nursing schools
in the past (I couldn't attend though due to personal obligations and I wish to consider my options now very carefully).
The question I have involves our healthcare system. As we have learned recently, nearly half of bankruptcies are because of medical bills. 45 million people in this country lack health insurance and the number continues to increase. I as a patient have experienced first hand what it feels like to be uninsured--I have been bankrupt and I don't get the care I need. Which leads me to my question...
Isn't it logical that with more and more people unable to afford healthcare, and many hospitals having to close units or close down entirely that there could be potential layoffs of nurses if it's not already happening? Has anyone seen this first hand?
I have much enthusiasm I would like to bring to the nursing profession, but I am not sure if I can stand the heartaches of our healthcare system.
Responses are greatly appreciated! Thank You!