Do nurses get paid enough for what they do? - page 3

I am wondering your take on this, because I believe that nurses are one of the most hard working profession, but do they get paid what they deserve? I think I am getting what I deserve by helping... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    Same work should receive same pay.

    No, nurses are not compensated appropriately for their time, efforts, and responsibilities.
  2. by   jaquar
    There is something tragically wrong when athletes and actors are paid millions , and nurses, soldiers, firefighters, etc are paid so poorly. What volumes that speaks of how we are valued in society.
  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from jaquar
    There is something tragically wrong when athletes and actors are paid millions , and nurses, soldiers, firefighters, etc are paid so poorly. What volumes that speaks of how we are valued in society.
    True, and you are only remembered when in an emergency, in sickness, or tragedy.
  4. by   nurse4theplanet
    As a new grad in 2006, I embrace the pay raise (from $5.75-$20+/hr...ain't that bad). What I have a problem with is that the longer a nurse works, or the more education she/he pursues, the compensation does not go up like in other professions. Nurses definitely are worth more than what they are paid.

    Hospitals are big business....just like other corporations. All their decisions are driven by the almighty dollar. The more they have to pay us, the more they are going to cut out other expenses to keep those profits coming in. It may be holiday bonuses, pt care products (like toothbrushes or those really neat shower caps to wash hair....our facility got rid of both of these because they were trying to cut costs), or even other personnel that can be replaced with cheaper employees that have less training. It can become a vicious cycle. Just remember how much your nurses are truly worth if you ever find yourself in the position to make these big decisions.

    Nurses are priceless.
    Last edit by nurse4theplanet on Dec 20, '05
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have to turn the question around and ask the poster asking what we think we should be paid, exactly:

    What do YOU think we should be paid?

    I am interested to know
  6. by   James Huffman
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I have to turn the question around and ask the poster asking what we think we should be paid, exactly:

    What do YOU think we should be paid?

    I am interested to know
    In the first place, I'm not one complaining about what I'm paid. My point is that unless nurses are willing to very specifically say what would "enough," then discussions of this nature are just whining sessions.

    I think we should be paid whatever we can negotiate with those we work for. I've been self-employed for over 20 years. I'm quite satisfied with what I make. Being independent (self-employed or working as a contractor, for example) gives us control not only over our practice, but over what we are paid, as well.

    Jim Huffman, RN
  7. by   lisamc1RN
    I think nurses should be paid upper middle class wages. The more education, the higher the wage as well.
  8. by   jsixxerrn
    If you go into nursing for the money you are doing it for the wrong reason. I would tell anyone that was thinking about going to nursing school this. Although we are payed well it will never be enough to compensate for watching a 15 yo kid die on oyur watch b/c of some stupid drunk driver. I could never be compoensated with money for what i have seen in my short two years of practice. I still think of that one patient that made me want to be a nurse when I was crying my way through nursing school. To be honest with you I would do it still for less money just to see that one 6 yo smile when I came into his room.
  9. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from jaquar
    There is something tragically wrong when athletes and actors are paid millions , and nurses, soldiers, firefighters, etc are paid so poorly. What volumes that speaks of how we are valued in society.
    Exactly my point from before. People do make the choices on what to value in life.
  10. by   Lisa CCU RN
    To sum this debate up and to show I really have learned something (since I did ask this question on another thread, that was referred to by Tweety). I see that:

    1. Nurses are paid pretty good to start out and VERY good for students who have just spent the past 4-6 years living on a tight budget and broke from buying huge nursing books, uniforms, etc. So, in the beginning, it's all good.

    2. Nurses are responsible for LIVES and they are involved in ALL aspects of patient care and are usually the target of abuse from families, physicians, techs, etc and because of this, they should be paid more.

    3. Nurses have to work under very adverse conditions, be exposed to body fluids, and work understaffed. This adds to their stress and by virtue of this, they SHOULD BE PAID MORE!

    4. Nurses who have BSN's should be paid a slightly higher salary because usually in most other professions workers are paid more for more education.
    Nurses with MSN's should most certainly be paid a great deal more--
    this includes nurse educators.

    5. Finally, nurses are the heart of the hospital and should get more just for that, don't you think? .

    So, can we end the debate on nursing salaries?
    See, SmilingBlueyes, I've been listening!
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    My point is that unless nurses are willing to very specifically say what would "enough," then discussions of this nature are just whining sessions.
    And how better to specifically decide what is enough than to discuss it? No "whining" about it.
  12. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    And how better to specifically decide what is enough than to discuss it? No "whining" about it.

    Ok, how about the starting salary is fine, but it needs to increase as experience and education increases.

    For example, in places where cost of living is similiar to mine, I suggest the usual $30,000-$35,000 for ADN's. BSN's get about $36,000-$45,000.

    For every year of experience and of course some allowances for critical care areas, there should be a 2-5% increase of the starting salary. So, in 40 years, you'd make about $90,000 if it was 5%. I think that's right---correct me if I'm wrong.

    As far as MSN's, they should make $70,000 to start. If they already had experience, it should start from current salary and go up to at least $160,000

    MSN's in education should get at least $90,000 to start. (So should teachers, poor things).

    Nurse anethetists should start at $210,000.

    There. I gave my specific opinion on what nursing salaries should be.
  13. by   gypsyatheart
    Quote from sweetpea839
    I am wondering your take on this, because I believe that nurses are one of the most hard working profession, but do they get paid what they deserve? I think I am getting what I deserve by helping people, but others cringe at the though that some bartenders are making more then them. what do you think?
    The answer to this question is....absolutely not, no way!!!!

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