School practical nurses will get pay increases

July 23, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Most licensed practical nurses working in Carroll County schools will get small pay raises this year to reflect professional experience they brought with them to their jobs.

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling said his decision to provide the raises does not need School Board action, but is consistent with board policy.

"The direction I have always been given by the board is we want to have competitive salaries," Mr. Shilling said.

School nurses complained during winter budget talks that their salaries were low compared to other employers and that their previous experience did not count in determining their pay.

Mr. Shilling said school administrators studied the nurses' complaints and found that they were right. He said the school salaries were sometimes 7 percent lower than those of other employers, but salaries at the top of the school nurse scale were competitive.

It will cost the school system about $24,300 this year for the raises, which will affect 18 of the 25 licensed practical nurses. Nurses at the top of the scale do not qualify for the raises.

Until now, when LPNs were hired, they had to start at the bottom of the pay scale even if they had several years of experience working elsewhere, such as in a nursing home or hospital.

Mr. Shilling said now they will be able to count up to two years of previous experience, so long as it was within four years of their hiring dates in the school system.

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