Wage increase for nurses

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The GN approved a wage increase for nurses on September 2, 2004, and is now in the process of paying out a salary increase dating back to February 2, 2004.

Nurses in Nunavut are paid according to a wage scale that has 25 different ranges based on different job descriptions.

At the request of the Registered Nursing Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, a consultant studied the jobs that nurses are actually doing, compared to their official job descriptions. The consultant found that most nurses should move one to three steps up the pay scale.

The new salaries will replace a $24,000 bonus that was previously offered to nurses who stayed in the territory for more than two years.

Ann-Marie Bowman, who deals with hiring and keeping nurses for the Department of Health and Social Services is pleased that the new salaries “are not based on supply and demand but on the working conditions.”

The nursing association disliked the bonus package because it segregated nurses from other health care professionals said Bowman.

Bowman also said that bonuses can influence new hires negatively. “Then you get the wrong people here.”

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