retention of nurses in open heart unit - page 2

by Liesl 3,133 Views | 11 Comments

Hello fellow nurses...I have a question for you all. I work in the cardiothoracic ICU at an area hospital. We are facing a very serious shortage of nurses in our unit. Many of us feel we should be compensated for the skills... Read More


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    Heart trained nurses ( ICCU) get $1.50/hr differential. I think it is reasonable to compensate RN's for speciality areas.
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    i dont blame you for asking to be compensated more. i know that being an ICU nurse takes a lot more responsibility and accountability. i guess if the issue here is more on the load of the job then by all means you should get that raise but if you are saying that ICU nurses should be compensated more because they are more knowledgeable and skillfull compare to the other nurses, i guess a lot of nurses will raise their eyebrows on this. i know that money is very important in this place but maybe if we can sacrifice a little bit more everyday, our patients will be happy and we all will be happy too. goodluck on your quest fellow nurse!
    Originally posted by Liesl
    Hello fellow nurses...I have a question for you all. I work in the cardiothoracic ICU at an area hospital. We are facing a very serious shortage of nurses in our unit. Many of us feel we should be compensated for the skills that are required of us to work in this unit. For example: a patient with an open chest who has a IABP and will soon be started on CVVH. Although all nurses regardless of where you work ,work hard and earn their salaries daily, do you think it is unrealistic to expect that you should be compensated more if a higher degree of skill and compentency is expected? This is not intended to offend any one. I am on a clinical ladder committee and I am trying to determine if we are being unrealistic in our request. I would appreciate any feedback you can send.
    If possible pay-scale examples would be very appricated.


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