Health & Medicine

UK Hospital cuts incentive pay for weekend nurses

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is decreasing the incentive pay it offers nurses who work on weekends effective Sept. 27.

In a news release issued Monday, the hospital said that the incentive program was started 26 years ago and modeled on a program at Baylor University.

Under the program, nurses who worked Friday night and Saturday night had been paid incentive pay worth 16 hours of salary. Nurses working during the day on Saturday or Sunday had been given 12 hours of incentive pay.

Weekend day-shift nurses will now receive eight hours of incentive pay and night-shift nurses will get 12 hours of incentive pay.

The hospital said the change is being made "to stay in closer range to weekend incentive plans that exist in the marketplace currently."