Does anyone else feel like they are wearing a target on their back? It seems to me that after so many years of nursing shortages in which admin had to work WITH us and not against us ( being flexible with our schedules,etc) the pendulum has swung the other way. The economy tanked and admin are almost gleeful at the ways they can now make us suffer. I know I have been spoiled because I don't work in a for- profit facility and have had great bennies but it's happening everywhere around here.
For several years our admin has accomodated staff with flexible hours. Suddenly all were told they had 30 days to "make other arrangements " and then their schedule would revert to the proper shift time. No more uniform allowance. No raise this year. Changes in pension plan and insurance plans.
No we are hearing about "changes in the New Year" No more unit charge nurses-they are cutting down staffing on each unit- both nurses and cna's. Nurses may be laid off unless they can force a few into retirement. BUT-we are getting "unit managers" ANOTHER layer of mid level management. HOW does THAT save money? Charge nurses have NEVER gotten extra pay for their suffering and many have been lpn's.Now with the changes in health care we have more rn's then ever before. Looks like a nice perc for them and a slap in the face for those of us who have been there for years. One weekend a month, more $$$$ and no floor duties.I can't wait to see the complete job description.I just can't see how this will be a positive change but I sure am going to embrace it-or at least they'll think I have. After all-I'M GLAD I HAVE A JOB!
Nov 17, '10
My husband works for a company that provides hospitals with revenue generating services. He tells me that its a very difficult time for many hospitals. From what I've seen, all the hospitals closing down around me is evidence of that.
The govt. isnt reimbursing all the costs that medicare/medicaid patients cost the hospital, the uninsured being serviced in the ER takes away revenue, medical coding isnt always the best so reimbursement is screwed up, insurance companies deny claims they shouldnt so the hospital eats the bill, etc.
I'm not going to sit here and say it isnt greed or that the CEO has to show the board that the hospital is profitable...I really dont know. All I know is that its a turbulent time and we thought medicine was safe from the effects of recession or govt. so its a scary thing.
Also, to top it off, everyone has been crying 'nurse shortage' for years, and now markets are saturated with RNs. Its an employer's advantage. I say, get a specialty if you can handle more school!
I'm a nursing student and I'm just bracing to be treated like a number until I can get a specialty or start my own business. I hate it that nurses can be underappreciated b/c of the value of the person and job, but after all this reading, I'm finding that it seems like that
Last edit by RoseanneMartin on Nov 17, '10