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.