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    It's illegal per federal law to fire or penalize staff for discussing compensation amongst themselves.

  • 11

    My pay has increased through job-hopping, not via merit raises.

    Every time I've gotten a merit raise, the end result was a whopping $0.50 to $1.25 added to my hourly pay rate. Whoop-de-doo! However, quitting to go work elsewhere resulted in a pay increase of up to $4.00 hourly.

  • 10

    Per our contract I get roughly 4% every year, plus an additional 2.5% every 5 years. Union hospitals, people. They're the bomb.

  • 9

    I read this article on CNN yesterday. Ok, if it is correct, what do we do about it? It sure gets the public up in arms, but changes need to come from the top and the article I read gave very little advice related to solving this problem (well except for recommending patients question their Dr or nurse). I work in acute care and give the best and safest care I can possibly give. I give everything I have for my patients. I also have spoken out to administration concerning staffing, acuity ratios, unsafe conditions, etc. I critically think and prioritize. What else can I, and other hard working nurses possibly do?? Nurses are human, physicians are human.

    If the public wants to solve some of this issue, maybe they need to support nurse ratios. Perhaps they could fight Press-Ganey and let the nurses handle real issues, instead of harping on getting ice or a warm blanket quickly. Maybe some of the customer service BS could go bye-bye.

  • 8

    I'm so showered with affection, respect, and love at work that every day is school nurses day for me.

  • 8

    Hello, and Welcome to Allnurses!

    While we cannot give you any type of medical advice per the Terms of Service, I would suggest finding a counselor or therapist to help you manage your anxiety better. Medication alone isn't enough, and you cannot take Ativan at work or before your shift begins. It is a short-acting anxiolytic, but it is never okay for a nurse to be even minimally sedated while caring for patients. If your employer were to discover you using Ativan on duty, you would not only face termination but be reported to your state Board of Nursing, even though you have a valid prescription.

    Seriously, if you're not in therapy or seeing another qualified mental health professional, please do so. Anxiety can be crippling (I know because I live with it too) and life is too short to spend it miserable. I wish you well.


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