Full-Time Employee taking Per Diem Rate/No Benes

  1. I have been told my the administor of the facility where I work that since I am getting paid more that when it comes time for my evaluation, not to expect a raise?? I don't understand this at all. I mean, I am not getting benefits(medical benefits,sick days/personal days etc...). I chose to give them up in lieu of a higher rate of pay.

    I do take pride in my work but still there should be some incentives for not calling out sick, doing a good job, dependability, responsibility, willingness to teach and so on. Then I asked,"what happens, everyone else gets raises, I don't, they will eventually be at the rate I am?" Makes no sense to me. Bottom line, he said that they will discuss this at my evaluation(in 2 months). How can I prepare myself better for this? Anyone else have this happen to them?

    Suggestions??

    Thanks for your input on this,

    JUDE
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   New CCU RN
    That doesn't really seem fair. While I am a full time regular staffer, I don't see how she can justify this. Supposedly, the pay difference for per diem rate makes up for the benefits that a regular staffer would recieve.
  4. by   Diva
    Per diem rates are generally the same for all of the same "class" of employees. Ex., all per diem RN's within a certain specialty, per diem LPN's.

    The higher rate comes with pros and cons. No benefits, but you can just decide to take a week off....not available. and you should not be scheduled.

    When per diem rates increase, it is a general increase for ALL per diems, it is not tied into an evaluation. Sorry, but that is just how it is.
  5. by   Q.
    I don't see how that is fair. Usually the "per diem" rate is still financially better for the organization as they don't have to pay out for benefits, etc.
  6. by   Going80INA55
    In my old hospital, the per diem got yearly raises. But then per diem meant no benefits, but they got the same rate of pay as if they were staff. The only bene was that they did not have to do call and they could pick their days to work.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I get raises when EVERYONE else gets them as a perdiem RN in two different places. I think you are being shortchanged if you are not where you are.
  8. by   OC_An Khe
    You are receiving a higher rate of pay in exchange for benefits. Essentially taking money up front in exchange for money later (when you use the benefits) To not receive an increase because of this is essentially a decrease in your rate of compensation. Are other RNs at your facility receiving a decrease in their compensation? Stand your ground but do research employment opportunities elsewhere in case you do not receive a warranted increase. The ratio/differential between compensation with/without benefits should remain the same.
  9. by   nimbex
    goto human resource, find out what their take is. If this really comes about, file a grievance..... you don't need a union to do so, do not sign your eval, and go up the chain of command.

    geeze, I can't even imagine a but hole saying something like that, let alone doing it..... no, nevermind, ....... I can- that's the sorry part.

    good luck
  10. by   CCL"Babe"
    It doesn't seem right/fair. You should be compensated for job performance. I agree with the theory of incentive raises, which is what my hospital system does. Check with your HR department.

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