Agency nurses banned in Australian state.
I woke to the news this morning to hear on the radio that the Victorian Government has banned agency nurses from operating in public hospitals as from today ( Thursday ). Damn. I must admit that one of the attractions of nursing was that at my age I could work 2-3 days a week, and still pull enough to live on without relying on welfare top ups. Never mind, my patients are more important than money, and I still love nursing.
The opposition claims it will throw hospitals into chaos, and nurses have already stated that they won't work for lesser paid hospital run nurse banks. It will be interesting to see what happens, but if it's successful, you can bet other Governments around the world will try the same thing, so to all the agency nurses out there, be prepared !!!!!
Apr 11, '02
its already starting here too. Hospital corporations like HCA have been developing their own in-house agencies which dont pay as well as agency nurses usually are paid & are drastically cutting the rates they pay to outside agencies - to discourage nurses from working for those & to work for the hospital's own agency instead. One coproration that consisted of several hospitals cut the rates it paid to outside agency RNs by 13$/hr. The idea being the nurses will choose to join the hospitals own agency once they are not getting paid so well with the independent agencies anymore. Still it manages to lower the standard of pay for nurses in the area - especially agency nurses. There were some posts about it on this website a while back. One hospital corporation was in Tennessee and one was in the Midwest where it encompassed 5 facilities in the area. It looks like a plan to put the independent agencies out of business & kill the competition while at the same time lowering nurses salaries in a whole region.
Last edit by -jt on Apr 11, '02