At the large hospital I work at, the norm was 1-3%, based on your yearly evaluation. However, within the first year I was there they did away with that. Now nurses get predetermined raises at 1, 2, 3, and 5 years of employment. With this policy, any nurse at this hospital will max out at 5 years, with no possibility of another raise! This was billed as an effort to retain new nurses, but came at the same time we all started getting curious about a union. The nurses who had been on my unit over 5 years got lump sums which, according to them, wasn't a very large "lump" at all! Just a couple of hundred dollars, even for the nurses who had given 30 years to that hospital. Yes, as a new nurse I really made out with this deal (over $3/hour increase for me), but the nurses with many years invested in the hospital got screwed. So basically what happened is that they gave the new nurses awsome raises, and most of us still want a union. The older nurses who were still not sure of a union got pissed off and all went and signed their union cards! So they kind of bit off their noses to spite their face. We vote the first week of April, and if the union comes in that will be great. But I've been told that if it does not, our raises can be taken from us. Can anyone tell me if this is really possible?
By the way, my hospital also offers the $10/hour incentive on short staffed days, which is practically every weekend. We do about 5,000 deliveries a year. I've been a nurse 2 years, working on this unit for 18 months. I make $19/hour (with my raise). This is great now, but when I max out in 3 and a half years (at 29) I can't imagine being content with that!