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Experienced/senior nurses are being denied jobs in hospitals because their salary step would be "too expensive". Newer RNs get the jobs.
Nation wide many nurses with 20-35 years of excellent experience and credentials are being turned away from hospital jobs because the collective bargaining unit for the hospitals set the wage requirements and we are at the top of the pay scale. Why hire 1 RN for $50.00/hr when you can get 2 or 3 for the same or similar cost. Expertise and experience do not seem to count for much.
I have encountered this same topic on LinkedIn.