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compensation for working short


Has 27 years experience.

I was just having a discussion about compensation for nurses with a colleague. He introduced me to an idea I had never heard of before. He told me that several years ago he worked for a nursing home that compensated employees for working short. In his example, say that the census and acuity called for 5 staff members for a certain shift. If the faciilty was not able to find 5 staff and the remaining 4 people had to "work short," the facility would divide what the pay would have been for the 5th staff member among the 4 who worked, as compensation to them for having to work short. Because they had to pay for 5 people whatever happened, there was no incentive for them to deliberately work people short in order to save themselves money.

After I picked myself up off the floor, I marvelled at what a fine idea this seemed. Has anyone else ever heard of such a thing?


Specializes in A lil bit of this and a lil bit of that. Has 18 years experience.

Say what????!!!! Nope, never heard of such a "crazy" idea. But, I like this thing called compensation...lol!


Specializes in Long-term Care.

At my facility they do an incentive for when a shift is short. If you pick up 4 hrs of the shift you make a $25 bonus if you pick up the whole 8hrs you get a $50 bonus. Something is better than nothing lol


Has 6 years experience.

We get an attaboy and a hearty handshake, but nothing with "$" attached.:D


Specializes in ICU, M/S,Nurse Supervisor, CNS. Has 16 years experience.

Never heard of it, but sounds like a great idea to me; pay people for the extra work they do. I'm sure it'll never happen at my job, but a girl can dream...

Otessa, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

Never heard of it. Just got paid overtime since we usually had to stay later since we worked short.


Specializes in Home Health. Has 6 years experience.

Like Otessa, we usually get OT since we usually end up staying over.


Specializes in L&D, PP, Nursery. Has 12 years experience.

We get an attaboy and a hearty handshake, but nothing with "$" attached.:D

That's more than we get!


Has 3 years experience.

That sounds like a great idea... if only! We usually get the "be glad you have a job in these hard times" speech when we are asked to work short! Oh well, as long as we continue to cover for the administration, things will never change. In fact I heard last week that since we are currently taking on more pts (at first 4-5 on tele unit, then 5-6) the matrix will be changed to 7!!

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

I've always wondered why I don't get paid extra for working short since I'm doing the work of more than I person. I didn't think any place actually did this though.

husker_rn, RN

Specializes in med-surg 5 years geriatrics 12 years.

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. Several years ago I worked in an LTC that did just that; altho I was an RN I helped with basic resident cares and also got " short pay ". Of course it was a community based not-for-profit LTC.