Sunday, August 28, 2011
all nurses are not created equal
With the increasingly complex technology and medicine that we manage, we deserve a helluva lot more money. Nurses are literally keeping patients alive with technology. We are managing LVADs, CRT (continuous renal dialysis), ECMO (continuous heart bypass), hypothermia procedures post cardiac arrest, among other things. Some of these complex cases require 2:1 nursing care. Technology and medical care will only become more complex. The amount of information we are expected to retain is astounding and almost impossible. That information retention can mean the difference between life or death for your loved one.
I think some nurses deserve more money than others. A controversial statement that. The fact of the matter is, not all nurses are created equal in a hospital. With increasing responsibility and increasingly complex knowledge, should come increasing money. It just makes sense. Thats the way it works in other professions and thats the way it should work in nursing.
Do I want to get rid of unions? Of course not. Without unions, we wouldn't be where we are today. However,I do think that they should start negotiating some kind of clinical ladder into contracts that address this.
There may come a time when nurses are individual contractors. They will be hired to manage complex patients and compensated appropriately. Maybe there will be people who negotiate salaries for different types of nurses.
Nurses are key to the future of medicine. Who else will manage all this complicated care? You might say, well just hire technicians. Technicians don't have the holistic approach that nurses bring. There is a lot more to medical care than knowing how to operate a machine. Along with skills needed to manage complex care, nurses put a human face on that care. We don't let anyone forget that there is a person underneath all those tubes and wires.
Posted by girlvet at 11:37 AM