Originally posted by buffy the vampire nurse:
Well here in Australia we have state mandated nursing awards and we are neither Nazis nor communists. It also means we a guaranteed rate of pay related to experience/years of service, cannot be forced to work mandatory overtime, have a minimum of 10 hours break between shifts, get paid for breaks that we miss due to workload, get paid shift differentials for evening, night shift and weekend work. Its not perfect but at least we have a set of conditions that we can demand that employers provide.
I don't think we get paid enough for what we do but the guaranteed conditions help a little :-)
Hi Buffy. Some variation of the above could be tried, but I still would want my employer to "show me the money."
Buffy, do you have any idea of what CEOs or senior administrators of hospitals or health care facilities are paid in your country? I'm curious.
Buck, I know you have no faith in government. I don't have reverence for any political, governmental, or economic system either. But, keep in mind that the suggestion of a national program doesn't necessarily mean government-based.
By the way, if I decided to make hypothetical into a reality, I probably would choose to bill at least $75/hour for my services to cover the expense of insurance, benefits, misc., along with patient care services. I would probably restrict direct patient care services to 30 hours or less as time would be needed to attend to other aspects of my practice. Does anyone think this is asking too much, too little, or would just about cover everything?
[This message has been edited by Mijourney (edited March 28, 2001).]