Dear Nurse Beth,
I am so discouraged. . . I have a 2nd PRN job I truly love - and the company has moved to a new policy for the PRN staff - - salary is entirely dependent on how many shifts you will commit to per month - there is no acknowledgment of experience, skill, performance, etc. - Which translates into my being offered the same salary - BSN w/25+ years experience vs, new grad as we both will commit to 4 shifts per month . . . And I can get past that for a minute, but then am asked to do an annual goal setting session - KNOWING I will never get a raise, as the only threshold is # of shifts you commit to . . .Kind of feel like a . .well y'know. . . because the facility/job/shifts are a great fit . . and yet - My ENTIRE career I have been accustomed to merit increases and acknowledgment of performance . . .and dedicate myself to a job. . . nothing has ever felt so robotic before. . .
I'm very sorry.
Treating experienced, loyal nurses and new nurses the same shows they do not value or understand what experienced, dedicated nurses bring to the table. They are looking at the number of bodies required to staff the facility, and not quality of care.
Ironically they are presenting this as a motivation, but it is de-motivating to any nurse with experience.
Maybe they were pressured to meet a recruiting goal, and someone in the group came up with what they thought was a great idea. No one recognized the one-size-fits-all fallacy. Perhaps groupthink prevailed and they lost sight of everything except how their new plan would increase numbers. It wouldn't be the first time decisions affecting patient care were made by non-nurses and without stakeholder input.
At your annual goal setting and meeting with your manager you can communicate your concerns. You can't take this personally because it isn't personal. It's a business model, and it may even meet their goals. Temporarily- and then the pendulum will swing again.
I hope you do what's best for you to get past this. Either find a way to come to some kind of acceptance with the situation or move on.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!