ETHICAL PROBLEMS: Bait and switch

August 2004 
Volume 34  Number 8
Pages 10 - 11
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8)             August 2004             p 10–11 Bait and switch [ETHICAL PROBLEMS: JOB DESCRIPTION]


When the oncology nurse-manager resigned, I was asked to take charge of the unit until a new manager was hired. I was given the title charge nurse and a small pay raise. I then applied for the vacant position and got the job within a few days. It took me a few weeks to realize that, although I do exactly the same work as every other nursemanager at this hospital, my job title and pay grade were never changed. When I confronted the director of nursing about this, she said human resources had decided that because oncology is a small unit, my position would be kept at the charge nurse level .

I feel cheated. Is this an ethical business decision? —P.F., OHIO

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