I brought this up in an earlier post on the student nurse board, but thought I would see what you good folks have to say here
I will preface this by saying I am just a nursing student - and while I have 10 years experience in human resources, I have no experience working as a nurse...sooooo, I know nothing *g*
Why is it that nurses do not bill for their time? What I mean is, as I understand things, a nurse's salary is part of the administrative budget, along with maintenance, supplies, food, etc. When budget cuts need to be made, nursing salaries are part of the solution (or staffing). Other healthcare professionals bill for their time separately (MDs, OTs, PTs, STs, radiologists, etc.). In non-healthcare fields, professionals bill for their hours (accountants, lawyers, business consultants, etc.). They are not an administrative cost, but rather professionals billing for services rendered.
I guess I am just curious why this one profession of healthcare *doesn't* bill directly? It doesn't make sense to me, and I can't help but think this has a direct relationship to the lack of peer-respect for the nursing profession in the healthcare industry.
Am I off the mark here? And why *don't* nurses bill? Thanks for your insights - if I am way off base, I apologize in advance
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P.S. It occurs to me that some parts of the nursing profession maybe do bill - such as home health care and advanced practice nurses. But what about everyone else?