I'm a nurse in Southern Cali and my hospital just announced this week that there will be no raises this year b/c the hospital is in the red zone and is trying to cut costs in order to make a profit and that salaries are the biggest expense. My hospital only has annual "merit" raises which means there will be no raises at all this year. This doesn't seem fair to me b/c the cost of living is going up, the cost of gas in SoCal is almost $4 a gallon. The staff is all upset, but management keeps telling us all hospitals are having the same problem. Can you speak to your hospital and how your annual raises work? Do you have merit raises? Annual raises to adjust for inflation? Any advice please???