The more I read the less I like the proposals. Nurses are asked to accept basic pay structured over three years. This is very similar to the 3 per cent annual increase when they had subsidised nurses' home accommodation (with subsidised transport to work if they were lucky), subsidised laundry for their uniform and subsidised meals while on duty.
Ten to 15 years on, the old nursing homes are standing empty, student nurses are trying to find cheap, not necessarily affordable, accommodation before the newly qualified nurses with slightly more in their pockets snap it up. Nurses are being asked to accept a salary that will purchase less than it did ten to 15 years ago. Comparing the old pay scales and proposed new pay spine, it will still take ten years before a nurse can earn 25,000 [pounds sterling] a year--enough for a deposit on a mortgage. With regard to `career progression and changes to other terms and conditions of work', I am also disturbed. Those who want to become doctors are welcome to do so. What of the nurses who are fulfilled in the provision of basic nursing care? Are they condemned to a D/E grade or band 5 for the rest of their nursing careers? Nurses will still be required to give bedpans, take temperatures and change beds. I do not envy the stewards whose task it is to `sell' it to the membership.
Source Citation:Reynolds, Jane. "Stewards have a hard job. (Perspectives: letters)." Nursing Standard (Dec 18, 2002): 30(1). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 11 Oct. 2009
Gale Document Number:A96622286
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