Monday, September 18, 2006

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16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are there any concern about the new "retention" Bonus?
It appears to penalize us for taking any of our EARNED PAL, Low census PAL, or clocking out when we are done--as opposed to the end of the hour.

What incentive is that. An 0530 call to help will certainly be less desirable knowing that there is no peak census incentive.
Whose idea was this and , most importantly, what part did the staff nurse have in this change????

Wednesday, September 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another thing. when did .9 employee become half as valuable than a 1.0----- on the bonus plan????
What percentage of us are .9 and shisted out of a bonus???

Wednesday, September 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another thing. when did .9 /.8 employee become half as valuable than a 1.0----- on the bonus plan????
What percentage of us are .9/.8 and shisted out of a bonus???

Wednesday, September 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another thing. when did .9 /.8 employee become half as valuable than a 1.0----- on the bonus plan????
What percentage of us are .9/.8 and shisted out of a bonus???

Wednesday, September 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have worked at a union hospital an an RN in another state and we were members of the Steel Worker's union...we were to have the advantage of larger numbers in our bargaining issues...the hospital was union when I went to work there... when the Steel Worker's striked (nothing to do with any hospital issue) and we had to honor their strike...my heart was torn ...do I cross the picket line? or leave patients unattended....that is NOT why I went into nursing

Friday, September 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are many questions about whether or not a union will be any benefit to the nurses at MCHS. That is what this blogspot is all about. We need to find have a forum to learn more about unions, what benefits there are and what negatives a union may pose. For the past few years there HAS been dissatisfaction with the management at Cone and with some of the decisions they have made which do affect the employees. I do think that employee participation in decision making has reached an all time low in the Cone system. I'm sure each nursing unit has experienced changes that they don't necessarily think benefit the staff or the patient care. We need to have some input. Maybe a union would be helpful, maybe it would present a new set of problems. At this point let's find out more.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the concerns about joining a steelworkers union...I think that we are interested in joining a union that represents the nursing profession. Strikes do happen but they don't happen often and they are usually a last resort. I didn't go into nursing with the idea of striking and crossing picket lines either. I also didn't go into it to be a voiceless follower that is willing to accept whatever the upper management chooses as our path. I resent the idea of a productivity bonus...the word productivity implies that we are somehow producing something. We are not production workers on an assembly line...we care for people. There isn't necessarily any way to do it faster or for one nurse to care for more people. Productivity bonus is the wrong approach in the nursing field but is yet another example of how the profession of nursing is viewed by those who don't actually do it. We have lost our input in the decisions that affect us. I think that is why there is a growing dissatisfaction with our employer. I for one DO want to be a part of any changes, any policies and/or any decisions that I am expected to go along with. Nursing is a professional field, we are not hourly laborers which is what the word "productivity" implies in my mind.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There may be issues at MCHS, but the bonus plan is NOT one of them. .9s are not punished. Sessions were held to explain this program. It is for working the hours. It WILL help with call outs, which is why we are floating all the time.

Thursday, September 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course .9's are punished. How can it be fair that such a small percentage of the 1.0 employees recieve up to $4100 per year and the max for NEVER USING PAL (scheduled or unscheduled) as a .9 only gets you $1600/ year??? NOT FAIR AND WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!!!

Sunday, October 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another thing... i understand the comments about working under a steelworkers union. THis would be MUCH different. not even really comparable. We would be working under a union formed and run by NURSES. I have worked in a RN union before and believe me they would only have our best interest at heart. No nursing union would strike unless ABSOULUTELY NECESSARY!!!

Sunday, October 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.9s ARE NOT PUNISHED. All FTE's have the ability to earn the $4100, not just the 1.0s, just work the hours if you want the $$. Very FAIR.

Friday, October 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE how is it fair!!!!!!!!!!!
In life family first, religion 2nd and work 3rd or sports if your a kid. Moses Cone wants us to put them first. It is not always easy to pick up an extra 8 hours if a .9 or 16 if a .8 or 20 if WEO. Managers are not always going to be willing to let staff work overtime to achieve the 1.0 bonus. Your right it is not a punishment but please really look at the reality of it and it is not really fair to those that only want to work a .9 or .8 or WEO. Most do so because that is what is best for their families, and that is most important1

Sunday, October 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that it really isn't fair. Our retention bonus was a way for Cone to say thank you for continuing to work here. This new plan is not so cordial. If Cone wants to have a base rate for each FTE as an incentive to come to work then that may be fine. But is they want to offer an incentive for us to work over our FTE then it should be a flat hourly rate...we should all receive the same bonus pay for doing the same job. If I work an extra 8 hours then my incentive pay should be the same as anyone elses.

Monday, October 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your family life is most important, I think that is great, and it is a choice. You are still being paid a bonus (which is above and beyond). This is a bonus based on the # of hours you are working which is why the 1.0 is more. This is not about how "hard" you work. It is about how many hours.

Thursday, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.8 or .9 or 1.0...there are no bonuses...retention or incentive in unions....actually, colleagues who DON'T produce...and we all have seen those people...can NOT be terminated very easily due to union contracts. the nurses i work with are excited about the possibility of earning an extra 4,000 this year...

Monday, October 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't seem that many people are interested in finding out more about unions. How about organizing as an association of professional bedside, direct-care RN's? There are so many issues in healthcare today that we as RN's should be concerned with. There needs to be a way for us to have some input into our profession. We can and should try to form an alliance as RN's so that we can meet and discuss the future of our profession. We are the ones that actually care for the patients and we are the ones that know what we want and what we need to deliver high-quality care. I think our greatest enemy is our own apathy. If anyone is interested in getting together to talk about our options please show your interest. We will be planning a meeting soon. Not a meeting to talk about unionizing but a meeting to discuss our concerns and maybe come up with some possible solutions. We can take our profession in a new direction.

Friday, November 17, 2006  

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