December 14, 2007

elevate Answering the Tough Questions

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Medical Center leadership answers the tough questions about what the elevate program is and what it means for the people who work at VUMC.

Question: Why are there caps on nursing salaries?

Answer: Salary maximums — and for that matter salary minimums — are essential for any organization with a substantial payroll, such as Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Each Vanderbilt pay grade has a minimum, a midpoint and a maximum.

The minimum and the maximum furnish limits for salary offers to new employees, helping to ensure a degree of consistency among individual salary levels.

Through the Vanderbilt Professional Nurse Practice Program, staff nurses can qualify to take on greater job responsibilities and move to higher pay grades, while continuing to work directly with patients and families.

For any Medical Center employee, a given salary maximum can always potentially be surpassed through career advancement — for those intent on moving up, the door to advancement is always open at VUMC.

For nurses who may be working near their salary maximum and who would prefer to continue in their present jobs, please keep in mind that Vanderbilt pay grades and salary maximums are periodically updated as fresh labor market survey information becomes available.

— Marilyn Dubree, R.N., M.S.N., chief Nursing officer