Las Vegas area hospitals just lowered nurses hourly pay rates. Nevada has the greatest shortage of nurses in the US. They are building 5 new hospitals here though. Incredible! Nursing Nevada
Jan 4, '03
I think hospitals got together in Nevada to stand their ground united, held a gun to the agencies heads by making it impossible to take their product & services to the next hospital for better rates & all together refused to pay AGENCIES what they demand - in an attempt to make agency work less attractive & force the RNs back on staff.
The agencies in turn, lowered the amount they pay the RNs, to make up the difference. The agencies still get the amount they want, or close to it. The nurse eats the cut.
The hospitals figured that if the RN isnt earning much more by working agency & has no benefits from the agency, she'll find its not worth working agency, will come back on staff for the same salary PLUS the benefits & the hospitals staffing problem will be solved by making sure the bedside RN doesnt have any other alternatives. So instead of fixing their own environment & making their own places more attractive to RNs, theyre saving their own money by just cutting the competition & trying to hold us over a barrel. More underhanded tactics against RNs.
A group of hospitals started it in Cleveland. A group of HCA facilities did it in Tennessee. The wave of the future. I heard that some of the affected agencies were considering an anti-trust lawsuit when it first happened. No updates.
Sooner or later, RNs who job-hop looking for better conditons & better pay, rather than figthing for it where they are, are going to run out of places to run to & will eventually have to take a stand together too -- or go work in Walmart.
Last edit by -jt on Jan 4, '03
Jan 6, '03
speaking of HCA..... the founder of HCA is the father of cardiac surgeon/US Senator Frist. Senator Frist (Republican) has just been elected to replace Senator Lott as Majority Leader in the Senate. If the likes of HCA & other profit-driven healthcare corporations didnt have friends in high places before, now the fun really begins.
Last edit by -jt on Jan 7, '03