:angryfire This unfortunate circumstance has been evident since 1973 when I joined the profession, and will continue as long as nursing exists, unless We nurses begin to realize as some have that, Hospital Administration can do anything they please, especially in "No Cause" states. Also as long as Nurses do not band together to form unions. Yes, there are also pitfalls to unions, however the alternatives we've been living with, are attrocious. Nurses are paralyzed into believing they have no alternatives primarily because they will not put aside their petty differences for the good of the Whole, by electing representatives to fight for better pay better benefits, and yes pay increases that reward the loyalty they have shown the company by years, as the companies find they must pay new grads more then the experienced nurses should have their salaries adjusted accordingly. That is the primary reason I have continued to work for Agencies, better pay and they are now offering benefits, raises as the need for nurses rises. Add to that, that if you find the hospital not to your liking you can request to be assigned elswhere as needed.
May all who read this fair well and be prosperous. THINK!