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Christmas Bonuses

Are any other NP's expected to contribute to the office bonuses for the staff? I work for a hospital owned primary care pediatric practice, and the last few years I have been asked to contribute. First it was $250, then $300 and now they asked me to give $500 this week towards staff bonuses.

And I no longer receive an annual bonus the past few years. The NP's used to, however that went away. We are getting by new contracts next year to get reimbursed based in RVU's.

What is eveyone else's experience?

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

WOW!!!! I've never been asked to contribute to staff bonuses. At the practice where I worked for 11 1/2 years, we (APNs) got a bonus at Christmas as well as a production bonus, paid twice/year based on several factors.

This seems weird to me....anyone else???

ArmaniX, MSN, APRN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 7 years experience.

Not a NP yet but, yeah... No.

twozer0, NP

Specializes in Urology. Has 13 years experience.

Weird. Typically staff that do not bill for service do not get a bonus (based on my experiences, of course could be different at other places). I never got a bonus of any kind as a staff nurse nor would I expect the provider staff to pay me for one. So yes it seems odd.


Specializes in Peds Urology,primary care, hem/onc.

I work in urology that is part of a whole department of surgery. We do not officially get bonuses from the hospital. In our division, the MD's pool $$$ together and the NP's and our specialty nurses each end up getting about $500 cash at Christmas as a gift. For all of the support staff for our whole department of surgery (the MA's who room our patients and our secretaries and front office staff who check in our patients for appointments as they are shared by the whole department)- we all give some $ for a monetary gift for them. The MD's each give $200 and the APN's/nurses give $30. This gives the support staff a monetary gift too. This is voluntary, we are not required to do it. I personally would never be able to afford giving $500. Especially if nothing is done for you, why would you have to pay that much for the other staff?

Sounds like a way for certain individuals to look good at the expense of others. Weird, yes.

BCgradnurse, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in allergy and asthma, urgent care. Has 11 years experience.

The practice owner gives us all bonuses. I give cards with scratch tickets to all the support staff.

No. Buy the staff some popcorn or pizza--they will definitely appreciate it. No one should expect you, as an facility employee, to contribute to monetary staff bonuses. That is the facility's job, not yours. Merry Christmas!

Are you going to be in trouble if you don't contribute?

Does your outfit give a ham or turkey to staff? Or a gift card to the grocery store? As a staff nurse, long before there were any except currently grandfathered NP's, staff received a turkey at TG and a $25 grocery store gift card. At Christmas, it was a ham and another grocery store gift card. These were from our hospital employer. Back when $25 was a nice sum.

Doctors bought a box of candy, which none of us needed, stuck it at the Nurses' Station, and that was it. except a couple of docs bought a box for each shift. But they never gave money or a party that I was aware of.

Hospital gave staff a nice meal on TG and Christmas, except that Night shift got a bag lunch. It was a nicer than usual Night meal. One place gave a breakfast for Night staff - after the shift ended.

On Christmas, you could have your family (spouse at least, don't remember if kids were welcome) eat with you in the cafeteria on Days or Evenings. If you got a meal break.

$500 sounds like a lot for an NP to give, but I know my head is back in ancient times with regard to money and what it will buy these days. Perhaps it is a proper amount. But if you don't really have it, you don't have it. Give what you are able, I guess.

I give my staff skin care lotions/anti wrinkle creams that they love. There is absolutely no way in God's Green Earth I would pony up $500 for staff gifts. That is insanity and unheard of in any medical practice where I have ever been employed. Now if I was given a $50,000 bonus at year end I might consider giving a few sheckles to my staff but beyond that forget it.

3ringnursing, BSN

Specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse. Has 25 years experience.

You should ask when you get your bonus!

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

My husband isn't in healthcare, but he gets a bonus 2x per year. My understanding is bonus $$ comes from his company's profits -- NOT from staff donations. That sounds like a **** move to be honest to ask employees to fund bonuses. I would keep it and call it YOUR bonus.

Sounds like a culture thing to me, rather than any sort of normal practice. I just mean culture-specific to your workplace.

It's obviously inappropriate, but for some reason that has become typical for your management and now expected. I bet other people agree with you but are uncomfortable rocking the boat.

In my old line of work, sometimes the higher-earning sales reps would "bonus" their account managers at Christmas. But it was completely voluntary and done on an individual basis. No one was expected to contribute to a pot. I would also say this was an old school practice and most people don't really do it anymore.

You're going to have to decide if it's worth looking like the Grinch and express your discomfort. Honestly, if there was a decent HR person aware of this, it wouldn't be allowed.

We do, APs are expected to contribute less than Mds ( i think this year it was just under 100 ) but it is something that is office specific...definitely not mandated by corporate leadership.


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Specializes in Cardiology, Research, Family Practice.

The idea of everyone contributing is not so bad I guess, but $500 is unreasonable.

I personally gave my medical assistant $300 this year for Christmas, but she works her tail off and watches my back all year, and we are the most productive team in our clinic. But that is between me and her, not some mandate or even recommendation from the clinic.


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