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  •  yes (12+ / 0-)

    my sister's a nurse, and they're so understaffed that her job has become quite literally dangerous for her.

    and i teach a lot of wannabe nursing students. some, i will say, i think will be fabulous nurses. but many, many of them haven't a clue what it's about and are motivated entirely by $$$ --- and (even worse) are exactly the kind of people you don't want caring for you when you're so, so vulnerable.

    •  wave of the future (5+ / 0-)

      I'm in North Carolina where we've experienced outsourcing in the textile and furniture industries as well as factory farms driving family farmers out of business.  Any aspect of health care work is the employment wave of the future and may be the last profession to be outsourced.

      A good number of former factory workers are retraining as lab techs, nurses aides, LPNs, etc., so you have a good number of people pushed into healthcare not by choice but by economic necessity.  That means lots of people entering the field who will only know the current climate of health care, who will be trained in profits over patients and know no other way.  

      Don't even get me started on the quality of care in nursing homes.

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