flowerchild--well, to answer your question, no I would not go back.
But YOU might be able to do a part-time gig like maybe 3 shifts/week (at $37/hour) for a couple of months at least, to see whether you want to add more shifts or stop BS nursing. I don't know whether, in your case, that would mean taking a small apartment or inexpensive hotel room in the new location and spending three days in a row there every week to get in those shifts, or what (200 miles each way every day is a long commute otherwise, but not so far if done just once a week).
It's really hard to know unless you actually walk in those shoes (at least for me), and the pay being offered there seems within the parameters you set.
So far as the supply and demand issue, I'll paste this in from one of my posts on another thread:
When the supply of labor is short, working conditions are customarily improved, in addition to pay and benefits, until enough of these employees are hired (like the massages, flex hours and time off, and catered meals, etc. in Silicon Valley the last decade). Why does health care seem exempt from this?
The simple answer seems to be that there is a very large pool of people desiring, and paying for, healthcare (through insurance plans, Medicare, etc.), so the overall demand, and the $$$ are there. All these payers can be taken for granted by the healthcare industry.
But the people running the HMOs, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities, those who make overall decisions about staffing levels, etc., are interested only in cost-cutting and short-term profits, so they continue to provide inadequately for their employees, the "nursing shortage" be damned.
These CEOs and other officers (and nurse managers and nurse supervisors who are focused only on kissing their butts) are protected from the undertreated patients and the angry staff, so it is not THEIR problem. They loudly tout "nursing shortage" as the excuse for not staffing their facilities adequately, meanwhile their HR and Nurse Recruiting departments tend to be at best indifferent to applicants, obviously in no hurry to fill vacancies.
As has been pointed out repeatedly on this bb THERE IS NO NURSING SHORTAGE. There are plenty of RNs in this country, but a whole lot of us are not willing to work in the dysfunctional and substandard environments that most hospitals today provide.
And since the insured continue to pay (or their employers continue to pay) ever-increasing premiums AND the hospital staff members aren't going on LONG strikes until suitable improvements are agreed upon in legally-binding contracts and then quickly implemented, the decision-makers see no problem. Just an occasional disgruntled employee who can easily be replaced. No big deal.