merely 'short-term solution,' they say
thursday, april 18, 2002
by tim bonfield, email@example.com
the cincinnati enquirer
a three-year, $30,000 bonus offered by the health alliance of greater cincinnati to attract staff for its specialty cardiac-care services drew criticism wednesday from the ohio nurses association. the bonus is the largest ever offered in greater cincinnati and may be the biggest nationwide.
linda warino, president of the association, said sign-on bonuses for limited parts of a hospital staff are "short-term solutions" for a widespread dissatisfaction among nurses who work in hospitals.
the new bonus will do nothing to improve, and might even aggravate, the nursing shortages that have prompted record levels of hospital diversions in cincinnati, she said.
"nurses work hard and diligently in all areas of practice. i hope the hospital system will be as generous when working to fill (other) vacancies," ms. warino said.
the ona is about to begin contract talks with the health alliance, where union nurses at university hospital have a contract that expires in june.
"we're thrilled to hear that the health alliance can afford to offer $30,000 bonuses," ms. warino said.
gail myers, health alliance spokeswoman, said the hospital group offered the large-but-limited bonuses because it hopes to recoup the spending through increased patient volume in one of the few profitable areas of hospital care.
if attracting more cardiac patients aggravates staffing levels for intensive care and recovery units, "we will address those issues as they arise," she said.
get it: no one will stay working in unsatisfactory conditions. we don"t have to take it any more!
Apr 24, '02
but why should you be treated like s*** anywhere..... no matter how much they pay?
I dont think job hopping helps to stop them from treating us like s***. In fact, they probably treat the ones with sign-on bonuses even worse because those people have to put with anything thrown at them in order to get their bonus.
Why shouldnt we demand the pay AND an end to the s****y treatment?
Last edit by -jt on Apr 24, '02