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updated: April 1, 2010 If you're considering a career in nursing, you should know the problems faced by private hospital nurses.Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of The U.S. ArmyNurses ar e valuable assets to the medical profession. They perform basic medical tasks th at allow doctors to concentrate on more complex procedures and diagnoses. This r esults in more efficient care, since the doctor doesn't need to be tied up seein g every single patient for every condition. Nurses can work in either public or private hospitals. Public hospitals are owned by government agencies and get fun ding primarily through taxes and other government contributions. Private hospita ls are for-profit hospitals that are owned by a single practitioner or organizat ion and are funded by the patients themselves. Nurses who work in private hospit als face a number of problems. .Pay Nurses who work in the private sector earn less than nurses in public hospitals. This disparity has been a main focus of the NSW Nurses' Association (NSWNA), wh ich works for nurses' rights. As many as 70 percent of private nurses listed par ity of pay as the highest priority in talks with employers in a 2008 survey by t he NSWNA. However, there is evidence that pay disparity may be decreasing betwee n public and private nurses; the website simplyhired.com, says that the average salary for a private nurse was $2,000 more than that for a public nurse. Pay als o varies based on location and the employer. Workload Public nurses tend to work less than those who are in the private sector. In the 2008 NSWNA survey, a third of respondents reported that their private hospital was understaffed and 61 percent worked overtime without compensation. Competence Because private hospitals tend to be understaffed, private nurses may feel press ured to perform medical tasks or procedures in order to keep their jobs, even if they do not have the competence or training necessary. Mike Walsh, author of "N ursing Frontiers: Accountability and the Boundaries of Care," discussed this iss ue and explained that many nurses are thrown into roles for which they are not p repared and which may put the patient at risk. Walsh also reported that strategi es to help nurses solve this issue are not readily available in most nursing env ironments. Stress Problems such as having to work unpaid overtime and being expected to perform ta sks outside their training, cause private sector nurses to experience great amou nts of stress. In a study published by the Journal of Health Medicine in 2006, G eetika Tankha reported that private male nurses scored higher than government nu rses on eight out of 10 dimensions of the Organizational Role Stress Scale and t hat private male nurses were more stressed than private female nurses. Considerations Despite the problems facing private nurses, private nurses who participated in t he 2008 NSWNA survey also revealed that there are reasons to stay in private nur sing, particularly in the field of increased worker camaraderie. Additionally, t he NSWNA is lobbying on behalf of private nurses for improved pay and improvemen ts in workloads, as well as for parental leave. If successful, the NSWNA will re duce the amount of disparity between private and public nurses and will increase job satisfaction. . Read more: Problems Faced by Private Hospital Nurses eHow.com http://www.ehow. com/about_6172568_problems-faced-private-hospital-nurses.html#ixzz19TVCPfVo