Do nurses get paid enough for what they do?

  1. 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?
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  2. Poll: Do nurses get paid enough for what they do?

    • Yes

      23.81% 10
    • No

      76.19% 32
    42 Votes
  3. 53 Comments

  4. by   Tweety
    It's all relative. New grads that are used to making a lot less think it's a lot of money.

    Those of us who have been in the trenches for many years are more doubtful because of the stress, liability and responsibility.

    Check out this recent discussion: http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/what-...es-133211.html

    There are nurses in certain parts of the country that I think are horribly underpaid. Whereas nurses in other parts like California and the NE seem to be doing much better.

    Personally, I've worked like a dog, gotten education and certification to make a decent middle income, so I'm not complaining.
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    Although I am not a nurse, I agree with Tweety. I too have noticed that some states' pay is very little IMHO.
  6. by   mercyteapot
    No, they don't. "Nuff said.
  7. by   Nella
    No !!
  8. by   Bipley
    How many folks do you know that believe they made an adequate salary? Most don't.

    I do okay but I have a gazillion years of experience ... well, okay, 20+. And I can do any floor, Trauma, ER, ICU/CCU, PACU, etc. Well, except Peds. I'm just no good at Peds, I want to take them all home with me and shoot their parents.

    I'm doing contract work now and that pays even better but does not include much in the way of benefits.
  9. by   lyv33
    I think that nurses are not paid enough. I am always harping on the fact that actors are paid millions for entertaining while others are saving lives and usually make less than $50K per year. I guess that's the injustices of life and we just have to live with it.
  10. by   NurseCard
    I wish I made more money, but I'm still fairly new and I work at a GREAT place in terms of nurse-pt ratios, staff satisfaction, etc.. so I guess I probably make what I should.

    I've also heard that nurses out in CA especially, make quite a bit more money, but I've also heard that housing in CA is *ridiculously* high. So I think that wherever you are, what you make at any job is going to depend somewhat on the cost of living for that region. Here, the cost of living is fairly low.
  11. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from RealNurseWitch
    I wish I made more money, but I'm still fairly new and I work at a GREAT place in terms of nurse-pt ratios, staff satisfaction, etc.. so I guess I probably make what I should.

    I've also heard that nurses out in CA especially, make quite a bit more money, but I've also heard that housing in CA is *ridiculously* high. So I think that wherever you are, what you make at any job is going to depend somewhat on the cost of living for that region. Here, the cost of living is fairly low.
    I agree. Nurses in New England (CT, NJ area) are paid a bit more too, but housing is too much IMO.
  12. by   UM Review RN
    No, I don't think we get paid enough.
  13. by   nursey_girl
    I don't necessarily think I'm underpaid for the work I do. However, for the drama and BS I endure from the staff and higher ups....heck yea!!! (Could you ever pay me enough?)
    Last edit by nursey_girl on Dec 20, '05
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Nope, they don't.
  15. by   tlhubbard
    I found that outside of the hospital pays better in my situation. It is much more than I made before I was in nursing. However, I must say that with daily exposures to biohazards, holding lives in your hands with your decisions, no we don't make enough. Which is probably why there is a shortage. Who wants to work in a biohazard nightmare, short staffed and huge pressures and not be compensated accordingly. (not to mention the attitudes you have to put up with at times)

    Let's fix the nursing shortage by actually getting the compensation in line with the responsibilities.

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