Quote from al7139
I am in a hospital which is looking to save costs "due to the economy" while expanding with a construction project lasting until 2012. Yesterday we were handed new cards for access in the hospital because they are changing from a swipe system to a "wave" system. I unfortunately have a big mouth, and when I was handed my new card said "The hospital has money to upgrade the access system, but sent an email 2 weeks ago stating that we will not get merit raises this year due to the economy, and that they will keep us posted on what is decided on the annual cost of living increases." Needless to say my mgr. was mad at me for that statement, but I was really ******! Last I checked, the economy did not affect the admissions to a hospital, and we are still required to work our shifts (without any overtime), not call out, and if the census happens to be low, take forced leave. We are as busy as ever, yet the hospital insists in stating they are having to cut back financially while expecting us to maintain the same standards of care without the compensation. I think it's a crock of you-know-what! If my hospital can afford a major reno/expanding, they can afford to give us what we deserve.
Just my two cents...
Our hospital has laid people off and is on a hiring freeze.
Our census is about the same.
A lot of people have lost their jobs and now have government insurance (called different things in different states). The government doesn't reimburse as much or as easily as private insurance. The number of self pay and government clients= less reimbursement per patient. There is some research out that that states for every 1% of patient going from private insurance to govt insurance, hospitals lose 1.5 million dollars a year. This is how the hospitals are still busy.
Our hospital has capitol improvement projects going on that were on the books before this crisis hit. We are also a not for profit hospital, so some of our improvement projects are due to corporate donations.
Maybe you should talk to your nurse manager about what exactly is going on, you might be surprised.