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Consultants 'will require more overtime pay'

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Anonymous | 15-Jan-2011 1:28 pm I am interested in your comments as I wonder whether it might be an employment and salary issue that nurses are doing courses which are not solicited by the NHS which may explain why they are not, in many cases, being renumerated for their extra qualifications and experience. Do employers want nurses with higher qualifications, and above all do they want to pay for them? It seems to me that there is little use in going off and getting further qualifications (apart from benefits to yourself, your patients and your team) when these are not acknowledged by some employers. My experience of this is after a long period abroad, then a UK MSc in healthcare management and the hope of a job in the NHS or private sector as an RN employers simply weren't interested in offering me a job on the wards or in management and only wanted newly qualified nurses who are far cheaper to employ and don't expect to stay in the same job forever so that there is a quicker turnover. But after 20 years in general medicine and an MSc I was not prepared to start at the bottom again and with a newly qualified starting salary. Also newly qualified nurses are expected by employers to question authority less than more experienced staff, although I expect this is now less the case.

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15 January, 2011

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2:01 pm

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