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Workin’ Nights on The Cheap

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Hennipin County Medical Center’s solution to the nursing shortage is drastically reducing their  pay while implementing  formidable  barriers  towards  additional economic opportunities such as a second job or brick and mortar schools.   Solutions defaulting to gender injustice on both counts.

Nurses are grumbling  out loud about  Hennipen County Medical Center’s  current changes in the nurses  work schedule from the  fixed-schedule  model  to the now required  shift-rotation,  while simultaneously being hit with a pay cut in the form of a drastic reduction in night shift pay.  States one HCMC registered nurse.,  “…along with other problems , I don’t know what kind of people they think they will be attracting in the future with this change…”

Management   prefers  the rotation shift  for many reasons, among these:   most formal training education is done during the day; rotations help balance the skills of their nurses by exposure to the  varied  shifts;  recruitment of new nurses is  hoped  to be easier with rotation shifts being offered versus offering  pre-dominately the night shift to the new  oncomers.

Rotation shifts helps  management with problem solving but  increases the problems for  the majority of the nurses including cutting off their access to  economic opportunities  According to Shift Schedule Design:  www.shift-schedule-design.com/27.html

‘‘When surveyed, 83% of employees say they prefer a fixed shift schedule.
Fixed shifts make it easier for them to schedule family events, doctor appointments, 
daycare, etc. Fixed shifts also increase opportunities to attend college, hold second
jobs, and participate in community activities.’

Research consistently  continues to vary on the conclusion of the  night shift’s adverse effects on ones body  vs rotating shift effects.  According to www.circadian studies and conclusions:

   “There is still a lack of conclusive data on the effects of fixed vs rotation  shifts on                    
alertness,performance,and accidents.” 

Bottom line  is every  hospital’s  sleep centers,  promote , “Maintain a regular bed and wake schedule.”  

Nursing shortage is a real problem that needs to be addressed for the nurses sake as well as the patients.  States HCMC registered nurse, “I have found nurses crying in closets.  They are too afraid to tell their supervisors that they are overwhelmed.”  Research forecasts  the nursing shortage to  continue  and  increase into the baby boomers later years, bringing more demand on this system along with ObamaCare adding more people into the health care system.  

With this nursing shortage and its continued forecast plus a shift change that  adversely affects the worker , what’s the reasoning and who benefits from both the nurses pay reduction and their imposed reductions in  opportunities?  States an ex-employee, “I will never go back…they tell us the upper levels don’t get pay cuts because……”

Taking away pay for no valid reason and reducing economic opportunities for these nurses is  gender injustice and another labor move that reduces the middle class.

The International Labor Organization advises:  www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public, Measuring Progress and Identifying Challenges.

“we need to ensure that the goal of gender justice does not get lost in the
face of the current (or any future) economic crisis.  “Although gender equality
is widely re-garded as a worthwhile goal, it is also seen as having potential 
costs or even acting as a constraint on economic growth, and while this view
may not be evident in official policy it remains implicit in policy decisions. For 
example, where there is pressure to increase the quantity of work or promote 
growth, progress to- wards gender equality may be regarded as something that 
can be postponed. However, it is possible to make an economic case for gender
equality, as an investment, such that it can be regarded as a means to promote
growth and employment rather than act as a cost or constraint. As such, equality
policies need to be seen in a wider perspective with a potentially greater impact 
on individuals, firms, regions and nations.”

Will these imposed constraints and reduction in pay , pay off ?  Will nurses  adopt  these decisions?  Nurses are trained to fight for others and the’re tired. States an HCMC registered nurse, “……………other hospitals are looking at this change and considering  these policy changes.”   Are these CEO’s crying in their closets ?     … Lorraine

social media is a good forum to promote transparency of the changes in occupations.


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