I’ve been a nurse for over 30 years and I never remember a time when there wasn’t a shortage of nurses. I worked in the newborn nursery of a hospital just after I graduated from nursing school. There was usually one RN per shift, with several nurse’s aids. The RN would care for the premature and sick babies and the aides the healthy, full-term babies. Sometimes I had so many preemies with tube feedings that I would just finish the last one and it was time to start over again with the first one.
One of the several components of the 'American dream' is home ownership – that rent receipts could become receipts for payments on, 'a home for two, out in the blue,' as a popular western song of the ’40s had it.