Sunday 17 December 2017

Staff nurses start on €30,234 pa

Sir -- I'm writing in relation to the article penned by Emer O'Kelly (Sunday Independent, January 29, 2012). The article was entitled 'Why my diligent, caring surgeon is truly a saint'.

Emer O'Kelly states that a staff nurse earns €44,000 pa. Whilst this is possible, what she omits is that for a staff nurse to be earning €44,000 pa, they have to have worked for 11 years as a staff nurse! A newly qualified staff nurse starts out on €30,234 pa.

Yes, we (nurses) work 'fixed hours' but I'd be surprised if there is a nurse working in a clinical area/ward that hasn't stayed well beyond those 'fixed hours' (at some point) to ensure all the necessary activities and duties related to patient care.

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