i had to chuckle at the telemarketing comment. again, no concept of what we do. maybe that boston tv reporter who didn't like being cast as a nurse as an extra on er should read this.
great article. sorry but for all we do, we should be earning at least 75k/yr. it makes me kringe to think of all the $ we waste on things like elaborate and unnecessary computer charting systems and plush offices for various administrative brown-nosers at the hospitals i've worked at. isn't it a real rip to see that there are people who are earning 6 figures who need a flow chart to wipe their behind or tie their shoes, but they tell some other pencil pushers the nursing budget is way over from too much ot.
i think it all comes down to the people we have allowed to lead us. not people elected or chosen by the rank and file, but administration's and physicians' hand-picked puppets. here's a novel idea. your facility has an opening for a nursing executive and she is chosen by a board of nurses elected by the rank and file on their units, not pc manager picked conformists, but people who represent the staff doing the scut-work. these people have the final word in her/his hiring, maybe she/he is one of them, and could if they do not meet the staff's needs dismiss them. i know it will never happen. we need leaders accountable to us , not the doctors or administrators.