ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 52,878 Views
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This is awful. Do you ever think of leaving for a place that values its nurses?
A pitiful 4.7 hours every two weeks, 5.2 if I work 80 hours in a pay period. That equates to a little over 3 weeks (10 shifts/3) per year.
It is PTO and includes both sick and vacation time.
As a black person....I refuse to put myself on the organ donation list. Medicine has a history of giving black people substandard care..I wouldn't be shocked if I come across horror stories of minorities getting poor treatment due to having great organs to harvest. I want them to do everything possible and I am afraid some prejudiced doc wouldn't.
Very busy assignment,I would not po feed longer than 20 mins,that's our standard,three slow feeders is too much,not having a decent meal break is unacceptable,you are NOT paid for your lunch hour,you are working for free.Unless you know you will get back your time somehow when it is slow stop working for free.There is a value to your knowledge and experience.
It does sound heavy to me. After all Nicu is an *ICU* which should mean a limited patient load for each nurse.
Why are all babies fed on the same schedule? We have two feeding schedules : 8, 11, 2, 5 and 9, 12, 3, 6. Also, feeds do not have to last thirty minutes. In fact, if a baby is a poor feeder, it is best to limit feeds to even shorter intervals as at some point they just start burning calories trying to learn how to coordinate suck/swallow.
Very doable assignment, though your night/day would have flown by!
We fly in Europe (and everywhere else) two or three times a year for a few days. Is it counted?
I have found the opposite to be true in my 11 year career. My only friend from college who makes more than me is one of my old roommates who works in finance. I make significantly more than my mother, who has a master's degree and 40ish years experience in teaching, and about $20K/year than my best friend who has a PhD and is the team lead of her department at her job. One of my friends who works in high tech made the same as I did the last I knew (~3 years ago) but I have changed jobs and make about $6K/year more now than I did then. And my boyfriend has 2 bachelor's degrees and I out earn him by $40K/year. For a Bachelor's Degree career, I think nurses can do quite well.
Yesterday I was down in an area of my city having dinner where they are building "luxury" apartments. I looked up the cost of these apartments and a studio is $2750/month. I could afford that if I wanted to stretch my income but that's not what I desire to spend my money on. I can own a 3 bedroom house in a more residential part of the city and pay less than $1800/month for mortgage, insurance, taxes and PMI and then have more discretionary income to spend on things like travel.
You are compensated fairly, that's the point. It's one thing to state nurses in your hospital deserve a pay increase, unions, etc, but when nurses look at the average $70k salary for RNs and find a bone to pick here, they need a reality check. Yes, nursing is hard, but so are hundreds of other professions that pay even less with fewer benefits. The average American earns about $27k while the average person with a bachelor's degree earns around $50k. As I said, we're doing fine, especially when compared to the average person...
I am looking for another job because the pay and raises at my current employer are so pathetic, it is embarrassing. We are the lowest paying facility, and I doubt it will change anytime soon.
Oh, I don't know, New grad RNs make close to $30 here in the Midwest. And I've always been under the impression that the Midwest is smack dab in the middle of what average wages and COL is in the US.
I got stressful just reading your post.
Unfortunately this isn't uncommon and one of the reasons I won't ever work step foot in ltc/snf again.
Start looking for a new job...STAT.
That second one is a PT job disguised as a PRN gig. Eight shifts per month? Three weekend shift requirements?
I work full-time. In a typical four-week month, I work 12 shifts with two of them being weekend. Only two months a year do I work two full weekends.
My PRN job requires 48 hours every six weeks with one weekend shift (it can be four hours). I can mix up the 48 hours however I like. PRN workers at my FT job only need to work three 12s with one being a weekend shift.
That second PRN job is screwing you over, but that first one has an awful commute. I would keep looking.
The 3 12's per week/four days off (going to see a movie in one hour on a Tuesday!)
Scheduling "flexibility"- I can take a week off without touching PTO. I will be going on a 2 week trip abroad and will only use 36 hours of vacation.
Overtime and PRN work- last year, my PRN job with minimal shifts added another 17k on top of my FT job's wages
Differentials- weekends increase my pay by almost 25%.
The variety- I love working with tiny babies one day and LOLs and LOM the next.
Not being stuck at a desk
And getting the occasional patient or parent who is actually appreciative of the work I do
Seeing the babies grow from barely viable to chunky monkeys who eat like champs and require no respiratory support
So, your opinion is that only blacks can recognize racism. Being a white male, I must not be able to see racism or sexism. I may not be an wife beater, but I can recognize when a guy is verbally abusing his wife.
I am not denying that racism exists, but I also believe that not all claims of racism are truly racism. I have seen someone fail nursing school and claim racism. I would like to know how a computer can be racist? She took the same tests as everyone else and the tests were graded by the computer and she failed due to racism?
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