Unfortunately, this sort of thing is very pervasive. In an effort to "keep nurses" management invent things that most of us could care less about. Like most people, I like recognition for a job well done, but I've never seen one of these nursing excellence awards go to the appropriate people. In my experience, it has been managers, educators, and the suck-ups that get those awards. (Yes, I'm a little rabid on the subject.
The point is, management is doing "things" that still don't address the issues of your "ordinary" bedside nurse. How about raising salaries to draw more nurses? Or (gasp!) raising standards to draw more nurses?
I would rather work in a facility with high standards (and the tools and willingness to do what it takes to meet them) and median pay than a facility with low standards, a poor attitude toward employees, and high pay. Been there, done that, got the tshirt. It isn't worth it. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find such a facility. Many hospitals and nursing homes claim high standards, but are unwilling to listen to staff about needed changes to meet those standards, or to staff adequately for those standards. And I've heard more than once (and read it in these bulletin boards) managers stating that "nurses are a dime a dozen." My comment to my former employer was that "it's time to spend your dime, here's my notice."
Answers? I don't have any. Maybe nbicurn, you should send this url to your management team in a memo, encourage them to take a look at what nurses really think, if they dare.
Hey, do you suppose we could get a section for hospital administrators? Let them sign on and tell us all their "great" ideas for solving their staffing problems, then let us tell them what we think of the idea?
Wouldn't that be great, if they would actually listen?