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  • noInsentiveHere
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    And what about people who work in Hospital Support? Nurses now have umpteen steps in their payscale. Which guarantees them an annual pay increase for umpteen years. A friend of mine in Hospital Support has three steps in her contract. She's been working there for 8 years. No increase in 5 years. Fair? Hell no.

  • G F
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Maby ms dooley can speak to Henry Morgentaler and he could make up the short fall,

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Thats exactly my issue. I have been a ICU nurse now for over 10 years and I want to go home to work. But to what? So those 10 years of amazing experiences can be compared to a new nurse just starting his or her career. I'd be paid a mere fraction of what my classmates are getting paid who deicided to stay in Newfoundland some 10 years ago. It essentially means my choice to leave Newfoundland to find work many years ago ( There were no nursing jobs available in 1999) will come back to haunt me and I will esentially be penalized for leaving. Tell me how that recruits experienced nurses? To me its a slap in my face and shows no respect to me and what I have accomplished over the years as an experienced RN who has so much to offer.

  • glenn
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    exactly the reason i'm not coming home. Since graduating from MUN in 1992, I've spent the last 17 years nursing, working in ER's, specialty icu's, and the last half-dozen as an acute-care hospitalist nurse practitioner, and the thought of coming home come home and getting paid at the low end of the scale is absolutely insane. In essence, what's being presented is that, you are a warm body to fill a gap, nothing more. Everyone wants the nurse with compassion, the nurse with great clinical expertise to take the best care of them, but the employer wants the low end of the pay scale. I wish I could come back home. But, you know, with the heads of healthcare in NL stumbling around, clearly with no idea of how to run the place, I don't know that it would be a good move. Recruitment and retention is nothing more than lip service

  • apples
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    In many cases, time worked in a specific field has nothing to do with how qualified a person is. The fact that someone who works away only gets credit for half their time is wrong. In reality they should get credit for how qualified they are - which could be 1/4 time or 1.5 time.

    The same is true for the nurse who are in NL. Unfortunately, once you get in the system your time starts ticking and no matter how crappy a nurse you are you still get credit for your time.

    Nurses need to be paid based on their qualifications not on time served. Maybe then the crappy nurses will realize how crappy they really are and the good nurses will get paid what they should have been paid all along.

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    That's right folks, if you are a nurse and are there for 2 years, when the new scale comes in you are still at the bottom.

  • NLDER IN NWT
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    To Amazed from NL: This type of thing do not only happen in Nursing, seems it is the norm in NL. I am a Journeyman Warehouse/Parts technician with over 15 years of experience. I just recently had two interviews back home, one employer offered me the position at a starting salary of $25,000/year (almost $60,000 less then my salary now; do the math.) and the other employer said that could not afford my experience. Why would I want to return home for that. I fully understand what the nurses are saying: 5,10,15 years experience should be paid based on their skills and knowledge that they bring in. It is time for employers in NL and the Gov for that matter to realize that the biggest assets to their business/organization are there employees.

  • Amazed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    noInsentiveHere;

    Your friend should talk to their union, cause it isn't the nurse's union. Your comment has no bearing on the article.

    Eastern Health will hire you from away based on your resume, then pay you for half of what they read on it. It's a joke.

  • noInsentiveHere
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    And what about people who work in Hospital Support? Nurses now have umpteen steps in their payscale. Which guarantees them an annual pay increase for umpteen years. A friend of mine in Hospital Support has three steps in her contract. She's been working there for 8 years. No increase in 5 years. Fair? Hell no.

  • G F
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Maby ms dooley can speak to Henry Morgentaler and he could make up the short fall,

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Thats exactly my issue. I have been a ICU nurse now for over 10 years and I want to go home to work. But to what? So those 10 years of amazing experiences can be compared to a new nurse just starting his or her career. I'd be paid a mere fraction of what my classmates are getting paid who deicided to stay in Newfoundland some 10 years ago. It essentially means my choice to leave Newfoundland to find work many years ago ( There were no nursing jobs available in 1999) will come back to haunt me and I will esentially be penalized for leaving. Tell me how that recruits experienced nurses? To me its a slap in my face and shows no respect to me and what I have accomplished over the years as an experienced RN who has so much to offer.

  • glenn
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    exactly the reason i'm not coming home. Since graduating from MUN in 1992, I've spent the last 17 years nursing, working in ER's, specialty icu's, and the last half-dozen as an acute-care hospitalist nurse practitioner, and the thought of coming home come home and getting paid at the low end of the scale is absolutely insane. In essence, what's being presented is that, you are a warm body to fill a gap, nothing more. Everyone wants the nurse with compassion, the nurse with great clinical expertise to take the best care of them, but the employer wants the low end of the pay scale. I wish I could come back home. But, you know, with the heads of healthcare in NL stumbling around, clearly with no idea of how to run the place, I don't know that it would be a good move. Recruitment and retention is nothing more than lip service

  • apples
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    In many cases, time worked in a specific field has nothing to do with how qualified a person is. The fact that someone who works away only gets credit for half their time is wrong. In reality they should get credit for how qualified they are - which could be 1/4 time or 1.5 time.

    The same is true for the nurse who are in NL. Unfortunately, once you get in the system your time starts ticking and no matter how crappy a nurse you are you still get credit for your time.

    Nurses need to be paid based on their qualifications not on time served. Maybe then the crappy nurses will realize how crappy they really are and the good nurses will get paid what they should have been paid all along.

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    That's right folks, if you are a nurse and are there for 2 years, when the new scale comes in you are still at the bottom.

  • NLDER IN NWT
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    To Amazed from NL: This type of thing do not only happen in Nursing, seems it is the norm in NL. I am a Journeyman Warehouse/Parts technician with over 15 years of experience. I just recently had two interviews back home, one employer offered me the position at a starting salary of $25,000/year (almost $60,000 less then my salary now; do the math.) and the other employer said that could not afford my experience. Why would I want to return home for that. I fully understand what the nurses are saying: 5,10,15 years experience should be paid based on their skills and knowledge that they bring in. It is time for employers in NL and the Gov for that matter to realize that the biggest assets to their business/organization are there employees.

  • Amazed
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    noInsentiveHere;

    Your friend should talk to their union, cause it isn't the nurse's union. Your comment has no bearing on the article.

    Eastern Health will hire you from away based on your resume, then pay you for half of what they read on it. It's a joke.