It’s the return of the disembodied “head” nurse!
How would you like that mug staring at you at 0400?
Maybe it just creeps me out because Barbara Stanwyck creeps me out.
It was “The Thorn Birds” that did it. Watching her go after Richard Chamberlain was just… wrong!
I wanted Richard Chamberlain.
What a hunk!
I subsequently found out that he pitches for the other team, if you get my drift.
Joint Commission says we can’t put anything on the tops of our cupboards. Big signs all over the department. Pretty soon they are going to be dictating the color of our underwear. Wouldn’t want to be the commissioner with that survey assignment!
Some where along the line, nursing got screwed up.
Specifically, the financial compensation aspect of the nursing profession.
This is what goes on in my brain at 0400 with no patients in the department.
I don’t get it…..
- A hospital will advance a new hire rapidly up the pay scale, and then stop their most experienced nurses cold around the seventh step. To get to the eighth step, you must work an additional ten years. The final step comes after you have been in the same facility for over twenty-five years!
Who made up this system of financial compensation? Doesn’t it make more sense to reward the nurses who have spent the majority of their careers at the same institution? Make the new hires work a few years before advancing and give the older staff nurses the yearly step increase, and keep it increasing past nine steps. Wouldn’t that make more sense when it comes to retention?
- Take these lovely sign-on bonuses, which I have received in the past. The hospital pays a $10,000 sign on bonus (for example) to a new hire, but no bonuses to the nurses who have stuck it out through all the horrible low staffing periods. After all, isn’t that why you to have to pay sign-on bonuses to begin with?
What if all those sign-on bonuses were paid to the existing staff after “x” number of years of employment?
- The pay recieved as an RN is not commensurate with the level of education.
For example, I am an ADN grad and proud of it! But why do I make more than someone with a PhD in Nursing Science who is teaching? I’m talking almost twice as much. Why do I make more than my manager – I always have! Why do I get paid as much as someone with an MSN who is a clinical nurse specialist? Even if we are doing the same work, the MSN brings more education and (possibly) experience to the table.
I’m not trying to dredge up the entry-level-for-nursing debate here, believe me. I have just observed that no matter what your nursing degree, if you leave the bedside your pay will drop dramatically. If you stay at the bedside, you receive no additional compensation for your increased knowledge and/or education.
Where is the incentive to obtain more education; to go get that BSN or go for that MSN?
I can tell you from my personal experience that the incentive is not money. I’m putting out major bucks to obtain a degree that will not help me financially one iota.
But what if that advanced degree did increase my earning potential? Would I have gone back ten years ago? Twenty years ago?
How many more nurses would chose to go back to school if they had a financial incentive? How many more would choose RN-to-BSN programs or go back for that MSN if they knew it made a difference at the bedside?
I don’t have the answers.
It was just something to mull over at 0400 with no patients in the department….