This has been bothering me so much.
I once interviewed with private duty agency, and when I asked for certain salary that I think is reasonable for a nurse with 18 months experience. She counter-offered me with much lower salary, saying that I don't have home health experience. Hence, my salary will be the same like new grad. Plus she wanted me to work weekends too. She said in order to qualify for full time position, I have to work one weekend because everyone wants to work weekdays. (Err, I thought that's the perk of PDN, can choose their own schedules? apparently not!) Plus my friend worked there and she told me the benefits were very expensive and no PTO offered. I was not desperate enough, so I never followed up with the agency.
I also have a prn job at a PPEC. The manager sent me home earlier because another nurse, an LVN, took over. She's a great LVN, I have no doubt about that. I don't mind she's taking over, but I know the reason the manager cut my hours.. they want to cut the cost of an RN.. . The manager is always bothering me how long I will finish my charting. I can finish on time if you fix the ratio.. How can they expect me to finish on time when they only have 2 nurses and 2 techs for 8 kids with special needs? In the beginning they promised 1 nurse and 1 CNA for 3 kids. They cut the staff and they want us to clock out on time. Heck no, I'm not going to clock out until I finish my work. I used to do that in the past. Being forced to clock out when I'm not done with the work, and I and some other nurses used to work for "free."
Learnt my lesson.. if they're not happy, they can fire me, but I'm not working for free anymore.
But then from here, I learnt that they considered RN as an expense, instead of an asset. Or maybe it's just the employers that I've encountered.