Quote from NeedyourhelpRN
I don't know about your hospital, but if an OB pt in our hospital goes "South," she goes to ICU. I just get tired of Med Surg floors saying they "can't take the patient because they don't do that kind of dressing change," or "we don't take chest tubes on this floor. We have expertise in many areas, that is my point. We have to know how to take care of everyone (with the exception of kids) If people want a critical care unit differential then they can make the extra effort, study all the material, and work in a unit.
Everyone is required to have skills in "diverse areas.
I personally don't like having to drag myself all over the hospital, because ICU/ER/OB nurses can't do chemo or in many cases, manage chemo, or access ports. But you know what, I do it. Of course that requires me to often be Oncology/chemo certified - something that requires a great deal of time, education, and CEUs. And I have to take my time out from caring for my 5-10 patients, with the diverse central lines, chest tubes, dressings to fungating (smelly) wounds, and verging on septic shock/RT failure patients (that the Onco doesn't want to move to the ICU and will do anything to keep from shifting to the ICU), to advise someone with two patients, and hang their chemo at the drop of a hat. And think that they should get paid more for their being in the ICU.
There are NO nurses these days that don't have specialized skills. And whether you like or not, medsurg requires special skills (different skills but special , none the less), and there is a major shortage in many areas of the Country of Med/Surg.
All nurses should be paid well, and have a workable ratio. You get fewer patients and that is a "perk" that MS nurses don't get. You don't think that you get paid "fairly" for ICU....maybe you should work a year or two on M/S and see how much "easier" it is.
If you want to argue that you get paid extra for education or certification, or being passed on special skills, that is quite legit.. But don't try the "divisive"...I'm better because I'm ICU and should get paid more. That merely divides nurses when we should be uniting them