The shortage of nurses in Florida is real.
There are approximately 10,000 vacancies for Florida hospital nurses. It is expected to get worse.
Roughly 44 percent of Florida’s nurses are over 50 years old and are expected to retired in the next decade.
Broward Health feels the pain. The system loses about one-third of its 1,740 registered nurses every year
So Broward Health is considering a 5 percent raise for about half the nurses at its four public hospitals — Broward Health Medical Center, North Broward, Imperial Point and Coral Springs.
At the same time, Broward Health is handing roughly 300 managers bonuses of 17 percent this year. Those bonuses skyrocket to as high as 30 percent next year!
Let’s get this clear:
- Roughly 950 registered nurses would split maybe $2.4 million in raises.
- Roughly 300 managers would divy up bonuses worth $7.2 million….at least.
Like so often in the troubled history of Broward Health, taxpayers again are at a Mad Tea Party, having dropped down the rabbit hole into Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland:
- Nurses, who are responsible for patients day-to-day, get 5 percent.
- Bureaucrats, who see patients only as black ink on ledgers, get up to 30 percent.
The Broward Health Human Relations Committee discussing the bonuses last week. This unedited YouTube recording courtesy of activist Dan Lewis, who videos many of the system’s meetings. Although a public agency using tax money, Broward Health does not video its own meetings. A different version of this story can be found on Floridabulldog.org.