Via Smart Mobs
A couple of hospitals in the US now allow their nurses to bid for shift work in an attempt to address nursing shortages.
The hospitals use a software product called e-shift that allows nurses to bid for shifts. The hospital posts the shift openings and the maximum it is willing to pay and a pre-condition that the nurses must be willing to work at least four shifts a month.
This is what the nurses have to say: (From The Boston Globe
“User friendly” was also the description used by Arsenault, the Nashoba nurse, who works in the medical-surgical unit. “I usually make a bid once a week, which is very easy to do,” she said, noting that the top hourly rate is $37.50. And more often than not, she said, the top rate is obtainable.
And that’s also been the experience of Gill, an emergency room nurse. “I always try to go for the top ER rate of $42.50 an hour, and so far, I’ve had good luck getting it,” she said.
An ER nurse who wants “to lock in” her rate at $37 an hour automatically gets work when a slot opens up, she said.
“I really like this system because I have a very busy lifestyle and it gives me flexibility,” said Arsenault, 26
Polley, 43, said he often seeks work on his off-days because “of a son who’s starting college.”
It addresses the shortage problem and I guess will work only in ?shortage? scenarios and in industries facing acute shortage.
To read more including a number of comments about the system go here