Nova Scotia

Registered nurses making tens of thousands in overtime

Nova Scotia's Department of Finance has released this year's Public Sector Compensation Disclosure, and it seems as though registered nurse'\s in Cape Breton are cashing in.

One Cape Breton nurse made $130K extra for working overtime hours

Nova Scotia's Department of Finance has released this year's Public Sector Compensation Disclosure, and it seems as though registered nurses in Cape Breton are cashing in.

The disclosure is a list of all civil servants in Nova Scotia who made more than $100,000 last year.

According to the report, Nova Scotia nurses are making tens of thousands of dollars in overtime.

One registered nurse in Cape Breton made a whopping $206,000 last year, the Cape Breton District Health Authority confirmed.

Considering the average RN in Cape Breton makes $77,000 per year, that works out to 32 hours of overtime per week, on average.

To put that salary into perspective, Dianne Calvert Simms, the health authority’s president and CEO, only made $199,000 in 2012.

When the health authority’s spokesperson was asked how this is possible, he said the casual pool is small and the hospitals often have to rely on full-time nurses to cover shifts.

They all have the option of saying no to overtime.

There were two other high-earning nurses in the district: One earned $158,000 and another one topped out at $175,000 last year.

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