Saw this and think it explains situation. "Words of Wisdom from the Nurse: The nursing shortage has always had its ups and downs. About 15 years ago it was realized that there was a huge need for nurses, and for a small amount of school, you could be a licensed nurse and make a good salary. So at that time many people went into nursing saturating the supply. This plus the recession, there hasn't been a nursing shortage for about 10 years since many of the nurses who would have retired did not because of the hit to their retirement plans. This over abundance of nurses gave a lot of power to the hospitals that employ us since we could be easily replaced. Many of us remember the day of Nursing Job Fairs or being able to walk into any hospital and being told, "If you're an RN, I can start you working tomorrow!" Now that we are coming out of the recession, nurses are again becoming short in supply. They predict the shortage is going to be national in 2017. I urge and encourage all of you to prepare and use this to turn the table on hospitals. Know that during a nursing shortage, they need us more than we need them. The most desperate will be for nurse educators. Keep informed about how much other nurses are being paid in other hospitals, benefits being offered to other nurses, and if necessary, be prepared to make BUSINESS decisions for yourself as a Registered Nurse. Know that no hospital is loyal to you. You are an employee to make them money, and thus, they need to be good company to you to make you happy and to make you money. If things aren't good, during a nursing shortage, the hospital needs improve or nurses will leave. You own the license. If you go, you take your license and your skill with you."