Breathless – July 9, 2013
Starting salary for a Respiratory Therapist is $23.50/hr. Overtime is rarely available, nearly never. In the past year there has not been one single person added to the staff so you can take a Per Diem position and hope you get on staff but it has not happened in the past twelve months for anyone. The staff is more likely to shrink than grow and the staff therapists very rarely give up their positions. I worked over 30 hours a week for a year with no benefits, no sick days, no holidays because I was classified as a Per Diem. Twelve months with no sick days and no holidays? Yep. You can also be 'down-staffed' for any shift you are scheduled to work. That means on two hours notice you will have your shift cancelled and get nothing. There is no on-call; the Per Diems, in effect, are providing free 'on-call' staffing. If you are in this field to earn a living, Danbury Hospital may not be your best bet.