I am a nurse on the East Coast and wanted to find out what other hospitals do with regards to the following issues/situations. My state does NOT have unions for nurses. Thank you for any information you can provide. 1) Are you required to do FLEX shifts (an extra shift above your FTE), if so how are you compensated? How many are you required to do per 6 week schedule? Also, if you get put "on call", how does that work, do you get compensated to be "on call"? If you get called in to work, what type of pay do you receive?2) Do you get pulled to other units? If so, how does your pull work? How are you compensated? 3) Does your hospital have someone who represents the nurses when a problem arises? 4) When new nurses straight out of nursing school get hired, is their starting hourly rate higher than any existing nurses? Thank you for any information you can provide.