Friday, October 13, 2006

Hard times are spreading...

Oh, has it ever been rough in newFNP land. NewFNP has had nothing good to say about work. No funny stories, no frustrating patients. Wait, did newFNP just write that? Of course there have been frustrating patients! But newFNP has been too discouraged to share them with anyone.

You see, newFNP's Board of Director's voted down all of the clinic employee raises. NewFNP's clinic manager continues to jam the clinic with too many patients. NewFNP had a size large bloody speculum fly out of a vagina at her yesterday (lesson: no matter what - hold onto the speculum). Oh, the velocity!

In short, newFNP feel overwhelmed and underappreciated. Maybe newFNP has too many entitlement issues. Maybe she should look at her job as just that - a job.

But that is *not* how newFNP sees her role. NewFNP is not a telemarketer. She has chosen a career that values humanity and that seeks to promote wellness. NewFNP wants the agency for whom she works to value her in kind.

And newFNP can't stress it enough, but she needs cute shoes and some new Joe's Jeans!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you aren't valued at your current position, why don't you look for another one. Recently a friend of mine found herself in a similar position. Loved her co-workers and patients, but was offered just a $1/hour raise. She was already making below the average in this area. She ended up taking another position in a similar practice where she will make appx. $7/hour more, plus profit sharing and productivity bonus-all to equal more than $100K per year. We as nurses and NPs need to stick up for ourselves and not be so submissive to the medical community. This has gone on far to long. Just want to encourage you to stick up for yourself and our profession.

RedNP said...

I feel your pain! I work for both a great practice and a wonderful inner-city clinic and neither pays me what I feel I'm worth, nor do they promote me or market me... well, at all, really. I make decent $, but it's low for my area and for what all I do, and I do have nice benefits and I LOVE what I do. Having said that, I also haven't gotten a raise in two years, and my closet is definitely short on Coach bags and Prada shoes, damnit! Plus I think I require an updated Palm (my m130 just doesn't cut it anymore), and I get no compensation for being on call outside my salary, nor do I get help with my cell bill -- which I am required to carry for being on call. Grrr.

The physicians with whom I collaborate (and with whom I negotiate my pay) "are so tight they squeek when they walk" (TM the LPN who works in my clinic -- thanks Naya!), and getting more out of them is very very difficult and time-consuming. Luckily I LOVE WHAT I DO and where I do it, so right now I'm comfortable with my pay dissatisfaction and biding my time until I am ready and financially stable enough to open my own practice or move on in another way.

Have you read the Buppert books re: negotiating contracts & pay? Have you done your salary research in order to back up your pitch for a pay increase? Have you considered billing them for Hazard pay (only half j/k)? I'd be happy to help if you'd like.
jhtweedy@comcast.net

bbarl said...

I totally understand the frustration. However, no matter how tight the times have been, our Board has never denied clinic employees their raises and bonuses. That would be the last straw that would drive us out the door. P.S. Those specs should come with warning labels....
barlowbar@juno.com

generic cialis 20mg said...

Interesting article, added his blog to Favorites