Quote from manurse06
i just started a few weeks ago at a major metro teaching hospital. we are paid a salary (i.e. 12 hours for a 12 hour shift even if we are there for 15). you don't clock in or out. is anyone else paid like this? i feel like this is a really raw deal as i work 50 hours a week and get paid for 40. the hospital i am at has a great reputation, but i am beginning to think it is not worth it. they also have no differentials (just a standard add on of a few dollars an hour for everyone) and i work a day night rotation! being a new nurse is hard enough and i am quickly loosing all motivation. any similar experiences?
i'm salaried, too. (when i'm not on std/fmla for a back injury!) in general, i think it's better to be paid hourly, although i thought i'd give the salaried route a try. hr really touted t as being such an improvement over hourly wages!
as a new nurse, you're probably experiencing some difficulty in managing your time. as you gain experience, you'll find that you are more readily able to finish your work in your twelve hour shift, and that you'll be more willing to let the next shift pick up some of the slack. salary will be a better deal for you at that point. it's a better deal for the hospital right now.
i'd really think hard before changing jobs because of this issue. you'll find that most hospitals will make you justify your end of shift overtime, and if its a time management issue rather than and end-of-shift code, they'll refuse to pay it. that's fair. if it weren't that way, the same folks would be chatting rather than charting during their shift, and stay an hour over every day to catch up on their charting, charging the hospital for ot. that's not fair. as a newbie it bites, but as i said, you'll get better at managing your time. if you're working in a top rated metro hospital, you're probably getting excellent benefits and learning a lot. give it a couple of years.
as for the differential issue, check into it more closely. i'm thinking you'll find that you are getting it, it's just not separated out. folks who work full time days have it removed from their salary, folks that work full time nights get the full deal, and rotaters like you and me get half of the night differential added to our base pay. it sucks that some folks don't work their fair share of night shifts but get paid for it anyway, but there's always something.
being a new nurse is difficult, but it sounds as if you're in a great position to learn a lot and have a top-ranked hospital on your resume. a couple of years there, and your resume will shine! if you stay less than that, it will appear as though you couldn't cut it, and i'd rather not have that on my resume! good luck!