Originally posted by jrinsc:
I was always told that NY had great wages!
Thats a big misunderstanding about NY state. NY City pays great, but a 1 bedroom apartment will cost you $1500/month. Here in western NY, Buffalo, aka Hell as i often call it wages pretty much stink unless your a completly untrained auto worker making $$25/hour to push a broom! I have heard from a brother of a co worker who is from Charleston that 2 of the hospitals had sgns out fron recruiting offering a $8000 bonus, six months rent and $25/hour, is this true? If is is i will be applying for my SC state license real soon. I work on a ortho floor with neuro overflow, but latley admissions has been filling us up with er admits even though we would have 12 - 15 post ops the next day, pretty smart huh. So we have all these fresh hips on flors where the staff knows nothing about dislocation prequations, but mgt doesn't seem to care. Here are some details from our newly approved contract that the union and media raved about
: starting wages for RN's $17 and some change, 3-11 diff $1.10, 11-7 diff $1.40. No wekend diff, no bonus for anything, they havn't had an ad in the paper since before thanksgiving. The number 1 thing staff wanted delt with was staffing. This is how the contract reads: magt and the union will study the staffing for 1 year thanover another year implement any needed changes! To me staffing wasn't addressed. Also anybody with more than 15 years in the system doesn't have to float. On our floor there are only 2 nurses who don't have the 15 years so they float 3x a week. Bids onto a new unit are given to seniority first even if a less senior person is more qualified. Health insurance shanged for $1 sopay to $10 for generic, $15 name brand and $25 non-formulary, We have no retirement plan, we cannot refuse any assigment or we will be terminated. I already stated what our staffing ratio is. Add in the fact that we have to pay union dues. We livein the most exspensive state to live in (taxes on a $100,000 house are about $4000)and we makeconsiderably less than anybody. OH yeah almost forgot, a local newspaper interviewed one of the VP's adn one of the questions was what about your staffing? Their answer:Well the nurse just approved a 5 year contract so they must be happy!" I was livid, suprised i didn't have a CVA!