My cousin, I’ll call him “John”, has been a nurse at a hospital in Galveston, Texas. I don’t know the full name of the place, but the acromym is UTMB. I have now heard that water damage to the hospital, courtesy of Hurricane Ike, was so bad that the hospital will be shut down completely. It doesn’t sound as if it can, or will, be repaired or rebuilt, as it would take over $700 million dollars. I knew there had been a lot of damage down on the island, but I didn’t know there are large parts of it still without electricity, or that folks can’t live on.
So as of 11/14/08 John will lose his job. He and his family are currently living in Austin, and John plans to stay there if he can find work. But I imagine the competition in the medical field is going to be fierce. At least John and family were able to salvage some of their own stuff from their Galveston home.
Any Texans know what the market is like for nurses in your state?
I wish I could do something to help, I feel really bummed for John, he’s a good guy.