Florida Hospital Association's salary survey data (May 2005) reflects an average statewide shift differential rate for registered nurses of $2.37 per hour for evening shift and $3.69 per hour for night shift. Similarly, for licensed practical nurses, the average statewide shift differential rate is $1.68 per hour for evening shift community licensed practical nurses; and $2.64 per hour for night shift community licensed practical nurses. The department has paid nurses (both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses) a shift differential of $1.00 per hour for many years. The department is requesting that these rates be increased to be more in line with the community shift differential in order to be more competitive in the market.
The number of licensed nurses in Florida has remained constant over the last five years despite significant growth in demand. In addition, an aging nursing workforce, with approximately 33 percent of the workforce over the age of 50 and approaching retirement, will severely limit the supply of available nursing professionals. (Note: Forty percent of registered nurses will be over 50 by 2010.)
The Department of Health and Human Services projects that by 2020, the shortage of registered nurses in relation to demand will reach 29 percent, with more than 1 million nursing positions remaining vacant. The National Center for Healthcare Workforce Analysis projects that by 2020, Florida will need approximately 61,000 more nurses than currently projected to be available.
The increase in the shift differential rate requested is as follows.
$2.00 per hour
$3.00 per hour
Licensed Practical Nurse
$1.50 per hour
$2.00 per hour
Employees are to be compensated for all of the enhancements for which they qualify (for instance, certain employees may qualify for midpoint adjustments, salary additives and shift differentials).