My thoughts are ...what does the experienced nurse do to make ends meet before
retirement?? Should an experienced nurse not be paid for their experience, and have the expectation of making a decent wage that reflects their experience level?
Yesterday I got the chance to put my foot in my mouth in front of the CEO of a hospital, and a room full of Doctors, and administrative people. The CEO had the nerve to ask what would make their facility more attractive to nurses to stay and or come aboard. I told them that while their were understaffed, that they couldn't expect the staff they have to work at the same level as they would if they were full staffed. I got the pat admin answer, that they weren't the only ones in the situation, and if they weren't in this situation, they wouldn't need me! Yeah like I didn't know that!
The way to retain and gain more experienced nurses ..is to pay them what their worth, and not try to get by with giving them as little as possible, and stiill want them to work like their three people!
Two of the residents also stated this...but got the same pat answers I did. But I didn't care. The CEO shouldn't have asked the question, if he didn't want to hear the answers. Then again, the three of us knew they didn't really want to hear the answers...they just wanted to hear themeselves talk.
Too many times management only wants to give lip service to the fact that they're trying to find the best help, and to make their work setting the best there is. If this wasn't true, this hospital would be able to have it's pick of great nurses here. They have a great town, and some great staff here...but they lack the insight into why no one wants to come or stay here. You have to be willling to go above the norm in pay in order to attract the best and the brightest. You can't get the best with mediocre pay, and or benefits! Remember the old saying of you get what you pay for??? Holds true for nurses too...