Posted 3/21/2020 17:11 (#8126285 - in reply to #8124830) Subject: RE: No . . . . .
central - east central Minnesota -
stevr13 - 3/21/2020 08:13 My wife works at the largest hospital in our part of the state. She's a nurse's technician (cna). She doesn't really need the work, (the wages aren't that high to begin with) but as a family the largest value there is the health insurance package. Her floor, her specific unit has been designated as the Covid-19 unit, which I think is unusual work for them - they aren't a respiratory unit or have any special skills for the virus. Would it be an inappropriate time for her to request a raise? Or at least some sort of extra hazard type pay until her unit isn't designated for Covid19 cases or until it blows over? What are your thoughts
In my opinion - She's in the wrong profession . . . . . Anything to do with nursing, has associated risk with it, it's higher risk then other professions/jobs. The pay is the pay, weather it's a pandemic or "normal" non pandemic/epidemic day to day responsibilities. To suggest, in this time of need, the job requirements are different, I just don't see that reality. For those in the health/care fields, it's because they want to help people and it's not the money. Yes, there are those in those jobs because they need the money/benefits and reality is, they really shouldn't be as they are not true care givers (no judgement toward your wife).
No, she shouldn't expect a increase in wages due to hazards of the job - these are not new hazards, just part of the profession.