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Release: Aug. 8, 2000

UI, local nurses' union announce salary increases

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 199, jointly announced today that staff nurses at the UI Hospitals and Clinics will receive a salary increase in addition to their regular contractual increases.

The starting annual salary for nurses at the UI Hospitals and Clinics will now be $32,000 (Staff Nurse I) and $32,500 (Staff Nurse II). Nurses in those positions were previously paid annual salaries of $29,650 and $30,150, respectively. The adjustments are in addition to across-the-board contractual increases for all nurses that took place July 1.

The increased compensation is a response to recruitment and retention issues in the UI Hospitals and Clinics department of nursing created by the national nursing shortage. The decision on the level of the increases for nurses at beginning and advanced salary levels was made in collaboration by representatives of SEIU and the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Linda Q. Everett, RN, Ph.D., a registered nurse and director of nursing at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, said the salary increases will improve the UI Hospitals and Clinics' ability to recruit new staff nurses.

"This is an important step that will help address our staffing needs," Everett said. "Having more nurses on staff will help ease the demands on our current staff and enhance our tradition of excellence in providing outstanding nursing care." Everett added that the department of nursing considers the salary increase just one example of its continuing efforts to enhance nurse recruitment and retention.

A recent salary survey demonstrated the need to adjust starting staff nurse and experienced staff nurse salaries above the level negotiated more than a year ago in order to be more competitive in the nursing job market. Staff nurses with more than one year of experience will also see modest changes in their compensation to adjust for compression caused by the entry-level salary increases.

UI Hospitals and Clinics staff nurses received letters informing them of the increases. The letter was jointly signed by SEIU and UI Hospitals and Clinics representatives.

 

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