After reading Frog's thread about Nurse Agents, I have a hypothetical question for all of you: if the job is the same (as far as short staffing, mandatory overtime, etc.), would you be happier earning, say, $67./hr?
Would there be some changes due to the higher salary- changes in how much you are respected by employers, MDs, patients and their families? Do you think that your employer would treat you differently than they do now?
My own opinion is that things WOULD change in the workplace, there would be more respect for nurses who earn better salaries and more people would go into nursing, so the shortage would be eased in the future. But I'm not so sure what would happen in the actual workplace. I still think that if we continue to be forced to work short-staffed and mandatory overtime is still enforced, I still believe people would leave nursing at this time because of the lousy conditions.
What do you think?
Aug 3, '01
Uhmmm..........Some hospital just negotiated a $67 per hr contract ?
I think admin will see this as 3x's the usual labor cost. As a business, how could they see this any differently? Well you can bet that will make someones workload increase!
How then could they negotiate such a contract?.......Quite simply, that is , in fact, what they can afford.
In any negotiation there must be a benchmark of referrence, such as this. In any proffession you are only worth what the last person made. There's no good reason now that the same experience could not get the same contract.
That being said, how could the unions take a month of negotiations, with a period of warnings before, and come up with 13% over three years, and this lawyer gets Frog $67/hr.
I think unions are a good thing, but it seems that more unions should be headed by whatever lawyers went to the same school as Frogs'. True, it was a contract for ALL the nurses, not just the experienced, but this is a benchmark, and could be used in any negotiations in the land between realistic value, and what the hospitals say is all they can afford.
Last edit by Peeps Mcarthur on Aug 3, '01