Nurses at VCU Health Petition for Fair Compensation

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Nurses at VCU Health Petition for Fair Compensation

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VCU Registered Nurses started this petition to VCU Health Art Kellerman

Dr. Art Kellerman and board of VCU Health, as nurses at VCU Health, we are responsible for the care and safety of the highest acuity patients in Virginia. Those of us that have stayed with the health system despite numerous local or travel job opportunities with higher base pay, have chosen to do so out of our commitment to our patients, our teams, and this organization.  We did this under the pretense that we would be fairly compensated for our continued efforts during one of the deadliest pandemics to challenge the health system in decades.   

The Problem: We have stood by VCU, trusting that you would stand by us; now we are burnt out and do not feel valued or supported.  VCU health system emphasizes the goal of being the safest hospital in America, but how is that possible if you are not willing to pay to keep our most tenured and experienced staff? VCU registered nurses (RN) want to stay with VCU Health, but many of us are struggling with the decision to stay, purely for financial reasons, following the most recent fiscal incentive that has been offered. RN’s are not one size fits all. The level of care that VCU patients receive requires staff that are educated, experienced and skilled; attributes that you have sought after in the community for years. We are continuing to lose experienced staff and are concerned that we will no longer be able to effectively provide the care that has given VCU Health its prestigious name as a designated Level 1 Trauma Center. Your needed effort to retain our loyal experienced nursing staff is an effort to maintain our ability to provide comprehensive, safe, informed care to our patients.

Current inflation estimates are approximately 6%, which is three times the announced merit raises for staff given an exceeds expectations on their recent evaluations.  The annual merit raise is also less than years past. We have received one appreciation bonus of $725 in 2020 (for full time employees), and the suggested bonus of $400 dollars this year will be significantly less. Surrounding health systems have given their staff upwards of 18% in market adjustments and have provided staff with multiple appreciation bonuses.

The Solution:  
We are asking for a pay increase that better reflects the high level of education, knowledge, skills, competence, and experience of your current nursing staff at VCU Health. Implementing a market adjustment raise based off of the market analysis that has been requested by senior nursing leadership, at the very least, would help retain top nursing talent at VCU Heath. In addition to the nursing market adjustment, we are asking for a base 5% cost of living increase that would include senior staff unaffected by a market adjustment. These requests are both reasonable and more importantly fair in order to include all of nursing staff and to be competitive with other health systems in the community.

The Action: We ask that leadership at VCU Health take this petition seriously and give a response no later than 11/15/2021. We ask for clear communication and transparency of financial obligations to staff.

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