Just curious. I would like to know if you work for a profit or nonprofit hospital/nursing home/etc. and how you feel your facility measures up in regards to its treatment of the nurses and quality patient care. I work fulltime in a huge, for-profit teaching hospital and parttime in a smaller nonprofit hospital. This has been an eye-opener for me. I have noticed BIG, BIG differences. The smaller nonprofit facility is much more nurse friendly. Offers much more flexibility, a variety of schedules and shifts to choose from (8 hour vs 12 hour shifts). Usually has GREAT nurse-patient ratios. Nurses have been working there "forever"--you even see nurses of 60+ age still happily at the bedside. Because both patients and nurses seem more secure, in this environment it is usually not difficult to render top notch patient care. In the for-profit hospital, "contracts" are the buzzword. Offering big sign on bonuses, agree to work 18 months to 3 years. Turnover is unbelievable, like a fastfood restaurant. Nurses don't feel much ownership, morale is low, lots of grumbling going on. People (especially the younger nurses) usually quit just as soon as their contracts are up. Patient care suffers, even though the nurses genuinely strive to do an excellent job. (It just isn't possible sometimes, given the high acuity of patients and staffing ratios, crazed speed, and constant demands.) It's like day and night. Is this just a fluke, or has anybody else experienced this?