Quote from barefootlady
I know there are many facilities here that need nurses and other trained assistive persons, but will they hire them? The old low salaries, too heavy a work assignment, and lack of decent benefits hinders many facilities from keeping many long term staffers.
I worked in WV as a RN in Parkersburg. Got fed up with the administration and the constant cuts in care while all the while increasing their own pay. Talking to friends seems like The CCMH CEO TC :hatparty: still hasn't changed.. Made lots of promises during a Unionizing attempt. But those were written on the wind. Unfortunately little choice in a small town, You work for TC or you go to work for CAMC that just bought St.joe.
Moved here to Louisville KY 4 years ago. I interviewed at 6 different places, all the pay offers were within a dollar of each other. Now tell me that a bunch of administrators have not gotten together a decided what they would pay their nurses. I went agency. Big bucks 35-45/hr, but no bennies, and alot of cancels. But, it paid the bills and gave me time to look and find a place I liked. Walked in as a new employee to a Union shop getting 5 weeks vac. Took me 19 years to get that at CC. $12 more on the hour than I was getting at CC as well, with affordable health care and matching retirement. Point is with good pay great benefits at new job, in a town with lots and lots of nurses, we still are short staffed. Now that may be in part to hiring practices.
The current training of HealthCare Administrators teaches them to follow and apply an industrial model for health care. When making cars, or radios.. the design doesnt change or have the potential to change minute to minute, so it works. But, the industrial model doesnt make for good patient care, we all know that. For our Pt's, for ourselves, Nurses need to organize. We are a neccesity. The hospitals cannot function without us. Time to start telling these administrators what is best for our pts. Not to be staffed by using forced OT, to have a say in nurse/patient ratio's. We need to stand together. Only way things will change.
I work in a place where we have a say.
It is a nice change. You should try it.