I am a school nurse at a private school. We have approached our administration requesting we be moved from hourly to salary. It appears that our state law supports RNs in salaried positions under the professional exemption. I would like to see if you have any information on this to assist us as we pursue this with our school administration.
Wants to be Salaried
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Wants to be Salaried,
This is a complex issue, one that goes beyond the scope of the advice/information I can offer in this forum. I would suggest that you consult a nurse attorney in your geographic area for advice, information and support. A nurse attorney is uniquely qualified to interpret the law along with nursing workplace/practice issues.
Find a nurse attorney by asking around, through a referral from your state chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.ana.org) and/or the National Association of School Nurses (www.nasn.org). You can do so whether or not you are a member of either. You can also get a referral through The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (www.taana.org). You might also consult your state chapter of NASN for advice and information specific to your work state.
If you need to do further research on the topic to build a case, you can ask the research librarian in your local public library to help. This service is free, in most, if not all cases.