what is your nurse worth?

it’s been ages since i complained about how nurses are treated like “angels of mercy” rather than professionals, with degrees, specialized experience and high levels of responsibilities, that we are.

this story has been all over the news for the past 24 hours…

Top managers in England’s NHS trusts received average pay rises of nearly 7% in 2008-09, compared with less than 3% granted to nurses, a report says.

An Incomes Data Services report into boardroom pay at more than 380 trusts found chief executives earned seven times more than the average nurse.

Senior managers in NHS trusts typically earned £147,500, the report said.

The NHS Confederation said trusts needed top managers to help them through financial challenges.

can anyone tell me why a chief executive deserves a 7% increase when nurses got less than 3%????

this really put me over the edge~~~

The highest-paid chief executive was at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, with £270,000, the report said.

A spokesman for Guy’s and St Thomas’ said: “The pay of our chief executive, Ron Kerr, reflects the experience, expertise and responsibility that the role demands, and we are delighted to have a chief executive of his calibre to lead the organisation.

“Guy’s and St Thomas’ is one of the largest, most complex and successful NHS Foundation Trusts in the country.”

£270,000 per year??? that’s around $400,000….

my random hypoxic ( low oxygen from hyperventilating) thoughts about that are~~

  • does this person really expect the rest of the employees at this hospital to think that if he only got 3% like them that he would’ve walked??
  • does this person actually say to their spouse “this measly salary of £270k just is not enough to make ends meet…i need to look for a new job!” ?
  • does this person ever stop and think about the “little people” the ones who actually do the work that makes him look good?

let’s play a substitution game with the next statment that attepmts to justify this outrageous salary

“The pay of our chief executive, Ron Kerr, reflects the experience, expertise and responsibility that the role demands, and we are delighted to have a chief executive of his calibre to lead the organisation.

insert tracy a. critical care nurse….or any one of the thousands of nurses, who by the way have a starting salary in the NHS of £20,000/year

the pay of our nurse, tracy a, reflects the experience, expertise and responsibility that the role demands, and we are delighted to have a nurse of her calibre to take care of really sick patients.

why doesn’t anyone ever say that? well, actually they do say that every once in a while….usually in conjunction with telling me that i am only getting a 3% pay raise….or that i will have more work to do, with less staff on crappier shifts….

isn’t that a mixed message?? this chap can have his ridiculously high salary justified but the rest of us are only there because  ~~we have hearts of gold? we want to save the world one patient at a time? we idolize florence nightengale?

we shouldn’t have aspirations for a bigger house, a new car, a few sunny holidays to wash away the images of working in critical care…

did i mention this is a public sector job? the NHS is a government employer? there is a recession on last i heard….and an election…

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