Allied health salaries on the rise. The salaries for allied health professionals increased across the board in 2000, with pharmacists and certified registered nurse anesthetists leading the way, according to a new survey of salary and recruitment incentives. The average salary offered to pharmacists last year was $71,600, an 11% increase from $64,300 in 1999, according to the survey by Allied Consulting, a Dallas-based healthcare staffing firm that reviewed about 830 searches in all categories of allied health professionals. Salaries offered to certified registered nurse anesthetists increased 9% in the past year, jumping to $113,000 from $104,000 in 1999, the study said. Salaries offered to imaging technologists also increased, averaging from $42,300 to $49,400. The average salary offered to registered nurses, according to the survey, increased to $43,000 last year from $41,300 in 1999.
ANA gets new Mass. unit. The American Nurses Association has recognized a new organization of Massachusetts nurses after the April defection of the Massachusetts Nurses Association from the group. The newly formed Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, headed by former MNA President Karen Daley, who opposed the group's exit from the ANA, was granted membership in the ANA late last month. The organization is still in the formative phase, Daley said.
Prejudices die hard, some find. Ageism, religion, favoritism and a good-old-boy network are among the forces to blame for workplace inequities, according to some attendees at the Institute for Diversity in Health Management's third annual conference. A group of about 30 people leveled the criticisms anonymously during a session on recruiting and retaining employees. Some 200 people attended the conference, which was held earlier this month in Chicago. The American Hospital Association and other healthcare organizations sponsor the institute, which was formed in 1994 to promote career opportunities for minorities in healthcare.