Beyond the Bedpan has come to realise that money is a great motivator. It gives us time and comfort and keeps us in gin and tonic and kettle chips. So why are nurses expected to do their jobs for free?
There seems to be a general feeling that all nurses were “born to nurse”. True, this is doubtless the case for many nurses, and probably a handful of estate agents/checkout professionals/cheese packers, who just knew from the moment that they could talk that there was only one path that they could tread. But while loving your job is great, it doesn’t pay the rent, does it?
Why, then, is there a barrage of stories about nurses having to forgo pay rises, sacrifice pensions, and at one trust even work for free(!)? Is it fair to expect nurses to nurse and then not reward them? Is that warm fuzzy feeling supposed to be reward enough?
As always, our articulate readers have hit the nail on the head.
“This is absolutely ridiculous, why yet again penalise the hard working staff who do not get any other rewards?”
“Yet again, the nurses are being held to ransom. The majority of nurses are already struggling to keep up with inflation. Cost of living is soaring with no let up predicted for five years. We work hard and support our organisations by doing all those extra things that ensure that it continues to work. If we all stopped putting in the extra time, doing the things that weren’t officially part of our jobs, we know the system would fail.”
“We are already woefully underpaid, and never mind all the unpaid hours that nurses put in!!! We should call their bluff! They know they can’t do without us! It’s time for a strike! Seriously, how do people not see this?”