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Letter: Disrespecting the nurses

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A hospital CEO recently thought it was important to have a mandatory meeting in which he directed staff to follow the golden rule at work. This same CEO felt that quality treatment is dependent on how staff treat one another and then went on to say, "It's easier to treat patients well when you treat each other well."

Apparently this rule doesn't apply to everyone as evidenced by a recent 2 percent pay increase given to all non-contract employees while all registered nurses, who are unionized, were given 0-1-2 percent raises over the next three years respectively. These nurses can also be mandated to stay home from their scheduled shift a total of 15 times in a year, for a loss of 120 hours.

I personally had little problem with our contract agreement but this was only until I heard about the 2 percent increase for all non-contract employees. These employees include all the "bigwigs" with the high salaries who get to come in Monday through Friday, workday hours (all of which are guaranteed) and get to spend weekends and holidays with their families.

Now don't get me wrong, I knew from the start that as a nurse I would have to do shift work and I absolutely love what I do and am thankful to even have a job, but what I don't care for is the lack of appreciation that our CEO appears to have for us.

Here we are on the front lines of patient care and there he is on his high horse riding by to slap us all in the face. Nurses are the backbone of a hospital, granted I know a hospital can't survive without everyone else that is involved, but let's be fair and "treat others how you would want to be treated."

Normally this isn't something I would complain about, but when you mandate me to go to a meeting to tell me I need to start treating co-workers and patients better, yet you don't want to treat me any better -- then I feel I can complain.

Sarah Blom Atwater

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