Quote from Mr. Murse
So I'm moving to our surgical ICU next month and have found out that I'm getting no pay increase for intensive care.
I guess the rationale is that floor nurses are just as valuable in patient care......in which case we should be making the same as doctors too. I'm happy about moving but this has put a real damper on my anticipation.
Why would you consider ICU nurses to be more valuable than floor nurses?
I have worked both acute care and critical care and I find critical care to
be less headache inducing and less wear and tear than floor nursing.
You will also find that ICU positions tend to be easier to fill and high in demand, thus no need to pay more. In addition, often ICU requires longer orientation, making it more costly to hire for it.
As far as MDs, you are comparing apples and oranges. The work flow is different so no adequate comparison. In addition, most MDs are not employed directly by the hospital, therefore, the pay rate is not set by the hospital.