"There really is not a staffing shortage per se," said National Nurses United president Deborah Burger. "There's a shortage of nurses willing to put their lives and their license and patients' lives at risk."
RaDonda Vaught awaits sentencing for criminally negligent homicide. Her conviction is weighing heavily on a weary profession.
Hospitals say that staffing agencies charge too much for providing traveling nurses. The nurses say they're the ones doing the heavy lifting.
Pay for travel nurses is skyrocketing, making some staff nurses question why they stay.
The program helps licensed vocational nurses who work in state prisons to become registered nurses.
Traveling RNs make far more money than full-timers in the same job, stirring frustration at hospitals. Governments often foot the bill.
Pam Palme, a nurse anesthetist in Colorado, shares her story of going back to school to pursue nursing.
Host Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus from the L.A. Times answer your personal finance queries.