Wage Deflation In Nursing - page 5

by TheCommuter Senior Moderator | 10,819 Views | 41 Comments

While recently conducting a Google search on the topic of stagnating and deflating wages in the healthcare sector, I honestly did not unearth much scholarly information on the topic. However, many nurses and other healthcare... Read More


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    What a fun and encouraging thread!

    Is there any hope for the future, or are we all basically boned?
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    Quote from netglow
    These last few posts are right on the money. It is all corporate now. And the funny thing too is that groundwork has been laid to do this same screw to physicians. I read physician blogs and it is the exact same raw deal in the works. I do believe that physicians are pretty easy targets and have dug their own hole so to speak. They refuse to see their own reality because the ego always gets in the way for them. In my area they pretty much must work for the hospital networks. When you are a network doc, you must refer all to others in your network or get fired. This keeps any MD on his/her own struggling unless known as the very best in their field. Almost all practices are owned by Hospital networks. Physicians are just another employee now. Lots of moaning on about being hauled into a "review" and told to make numbers next month and being shown the numbers of the guys on the other side of town that you should aspire to, etc. Also about specialists just out of residency being refused. The corporation that runs every practice doesn't need any more of you guys, they don't want another employee on payroll, thanks. Just like us.

    Our deal is that the corporation hates nurses and wants us gone as much as possible. There will be many "techs" hired to replace us, or duties given to others eg common in my area to have PT do wound care... This too is happening to physicians. When it comes down to it the corporation will rather hire NPs in numbers greater than MDs. It's a money thing. And all you NPs to be, you might see good times for the time being, but your salary will go down too because alas you are ONLY an NP, thus even though you will do more in future years, you still are ONLY an NP and do not qualify for decent salaries according to the corporation. This is the future.

    Listen to it, they are already bemoaning a "phyisican shortage" LOL, and LOL again. There are cries for more residencies, more students to enter the medical track! Have we heard that one somewhere else? Local community colleges already offer premed classes only for those with an established premed intention! You can forget the whole worries about rural areas and the "need". There ain't nobody in the corporation who gives a damn about poor rural folks who cannot pay the big bills. Why bring them healthcare? Remember it is not about caring for people. No benevolence involved here at all. It is only about the money.
    Love what you say "Remember it is not about caring for people. No benevolence involved here at all. It is only about the money"!!! This is one of the biggest disappointments about the nursing field for me, that they don't actually "really" care about the patient, it's all about the money. I just have a problem with that. It's one thing if you're working for a grocery store and we're talking about boxes of cereal and loaves of bread, but when we're talking about human lives, I just have a problem with profits being the number one priority and that is truly what it is all about. Very sad and disappointing. I cannot wait for 8 more years and I can walk away from this whole debacle called nursing!


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