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AMA: Ask Me Anything>Now ye're talking - to a Nurse
Boards.ie: Mark 10:10 08-02-2019 (10 Thanks)
Our next guest is a nurse who would like to answer your questions and challenge common misconceptions about the nurse's strike and why it is happening.

She works as a children's nurse and has previously worked in the emergency department of a general hospital.
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ectoraige 10:15 08-02-2019
First, thanks for the work that you do, I understand how demoralising it is to be understaffed and still be expected to provide the best care for your patients.

Is there any support for the idea of living-rate allowances so that nurses working in higher-cost places such as Dublin can be paid more than their country counterparts?

Has anybody complained to you about being called "Pet"?
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Dakotabigone 10:16 08-02-2019
What is your opinion on Simon Harris?
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vandriver 10:18 08-02-2019 (4 Thanks)
What's your basic pay,allowances and overtime.
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jay0109 10:21 08-02-2019 (1 Thanks)
Are restrictive working practices and Union 'rules' in our hospitals stopping any real reform of the health sector?
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Bummer1234 10:42 08-02-2019 (2 Thanks)
Have you ever worked abroad or ever been tempted on going abroad?
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jay0109 10:44 08-02-2019 (1 Thanks)
What are the main roster arrangements that you see amongst your colleagues and what are the %'s on each of them i.e. how many are on a 3 day week on long shifts
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jay0109 10:46 08-02-2019
Do you know of any nurses who work full time for the HSE and also supplement that with agency nursing? How widespread is it?
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seannash 10:52 08-02-2019
I gather that the salary for Nurses is well documented and laid out for all to see.
So seeing as you had prior knowledge of the earnings potential was that a factor in your decision to become a nurse or did you not consider it.
My mother was a nurse and I know how difficult of a job it is and I agree that they are underpaid.
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seannash 10:54 08-02-2019 (2 Thanks)
Also to add my personal belief is that nurses who move abroad were always going to move abroad. They move for the experience of living abroad or make a lot more money and I don't think a raise would change this. What would be your opinion on that subject.
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jay0109 11:00 08-02-2019 (21 Thanks)
Do you acknowledge that Irish nurses are amongst the most highly paid in the world? And that is even before allowing for the pension benefits.
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seannash 11:03 08-02-2019 (6 Thanks)
Originally Posted by jay0109:
Do you acknowledge that Irish nurses are amongst the most highly paid in the world? And that is even before allowing for the pension benefits.
I think you'd have to include that Ireland is one of the most expensive places to live in the world (Think we are 15th most expensive) along with that statement
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jimgoose 11:04 08-02-2019 (15 Thanks)
Nurses in Ireland enjoy a starting salary considerably greater than the average graduate salary. Salaries also increase relatively quickly, broadly in-line with other public sector roles to and well beyond the average industrial wage. It is true that salaries are much higher in Australia, but everything is much higher in Australia because of the huge boom there at the moment, largely because of the eye-watering amount of money the Chinese are printing.

Bottom line: I put it to you that wage increases are the Wrong Thing(TM) and won't solve the actual problems of overwork and short-staffing.
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jay0109 11:10 08-02-2019 (1 Thanks)
Originally Posted by seannash:
I think you'd have to include that Ireland is one of the most expensive places to live in the world (Think we are 15th most expensive) along with that statement
Dublin is expensive, Sligo and Castlebar a lot less so.

Sydney, Melbourne and London are right up there with Dublin but a lot of nurses heading that direction still.
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Boards.ie: Mark 11:21 08-02-2019 (5 Thanks)
Mod Note: Just going to jump in to say that this thread should be used to pose questions to our guest. The thread in After Hours would be better suited for general discussion: https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/show...p?t=2057944444
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