Equal Pay in Nursing for women vs men?

  1. An Ap article this morning revisted the issue of wage earning between men and women. Doing equal jobs and receiving less pay, benefits.

    This led me to wonder about the pay scales in nursing for women versus men. Since I am still a student, I do not have first hand knowledge of the nursing environment as yet and would like to know your opinions.

    Are women receiveing equal pay, scheduling and benefit scales?

    My impression is that nursing is a predominantly female position - given that presumption, are men receiving equality compared to women?


    Thankyou,

    MaryRose
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   aletha-26
    How hard was the RN pre-admission exam? I am taking it on Mar. 19th and i've been studying moderately for it...
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from MryRose
    Are women receiveing equal pay, scheduling and benefit scales?

    My impression is that nursing is a predominantly female position - given that presumption, are men receiving equality compared to women?




    ACROSS THE BOARD: NO.

    but in a unionized environment like mine, I am.

    depends on where you work.

    but across the board, no the pay is NOT equal.......

    for many reasons I am sure.
  5. by   TMnurse
    I am a male nurse who works at a university hospital which is union. Because it is union, the pay scale is based on years of NRS exp. and that is it... there is no bargaining to try to get more of even a change if you have ACLS or anything (pardon me, if you have a BSN you make more). But the system is very fair and leaves no room for one person to have an advantage male or female. I would also add that this union hospital pays well and I believe because it has fought for every penny through the union.
    good luck in your studies.

    Quote from MryRose
    An Ap article this morning revisted the issue of wage earning between men and women. Doing equal jobs and receiving less pay, benefits.

    This led me to wonder about the pay scales in nursing for women versus men. Since I am still a student, I do not have first hand knowledge of the nursing environment as yet and would like to know your opinions.

    Are women receiveing equal pay, scheduling and benefit scales?

    My impression is that nursing is a predominantly female position - given that presumption, are men receiving equality compared to women?


    Thankyou,

    MaryRose
  6. by   MryRose
    Althea, the school I will be attending does not require pre-admission testing. However, they do have an estensive list of pre-requisite courses to finish prior to application for a lottery selection process.

    Thanks Deb and TM for your input. I hadn't even considered Unionization into this equation. I am curious as to what you feel is different in non-union environments.

    Just a side note here... I like research so this is interesting me in that aspect. Tho I like to spend $$ (just ask my Hubster lol), that is not why I am going into nursing. Just thought I might clairify that point.

    Hugs!
    MaryRose
  7. by   Tweety
    I'm a charge nurse and have privy to the pay scales of some of our nurses. They are fair and equal given the amount of experience a nurse has. Our institution is pretty cut and dry in what they pay. We use a formula based on licensure and experience, sex, race, etc. doesn't come into play that I can tell. I honestly can say that hard working females get raises as equal as hard working males.

    I'm one of the higher paid nurses on our unit since I've been in the hospital for 12 years and I get extra pay not for being male but for being fabulous.
  8. by   donmurray
    I'm not fabulous by any stretch, (LOL!)but they pay me the same as any other nurse of whatever gender, at my grade.
  9. by   MryRose
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    I'm a charge nurse and have privy to the pay scales of some of our nurses. They are fair and equal given the amount of experience a nurse has. Our institution is pretty cut and dry in what they pay. We use a formula based on licensure and experience, sex, race, etc. doesn't come into play that I can tell. I honestly can say that hard working females get raises as equal as hard working males.

    I'm one of the higher paid nurses on our unit since I've been in the hospital for 12 years and I get extra pay not for being male but for being fabulous.

    Tweety I do not doubt your "fabulous" rating for one second!

    Hugs!
    MaryRose
  10. by   fergus51
    I think part of the reason women tend to be penalized in terms of wages and promotions is childbearing. Here, women used to lose seniority when they went on maternity leave, which meant a decrease in pay and promotion options. Fortunately this is no longer the case here.
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Equal pay should be for equal work, plain and simple.
  12. by   Tweety
    Quote from MryRose
    Tweety I do not doubt your "fabulous" rating for one second!

    Hugs!
    MaryRose
    heheheh.....actually, I'm the only fool that has been there for 12 years and have the most experience, and do charge. That's why I get paid more. On the unit I worked on prior to this, the higher paid ones were the nurses with the most experience on the unit, and were key players, doing charge, mostly female, etc.
  13. by   nekhismom
    Tweety, if I ever need a nurse, I'm asking for you! :kiss

    Pay equal?? Are you kidding??? Even though my system SAYS all new grads receive the same pay unless they were LPN's before, this is NOT the case. I know of a few pay discrepancies myself. I got suckered, I believed that all new grads got the same, so I took what I was offered. I was lied to about my shift diffs. THANK GOD I AM MOVING SOON TO A BETTER ENVIRONMENT IN TEXAS!!!
  14. by   Southern Charm
    Quote from fergus51
    I think part of the reason women tend to be penalized in terms of wages and promotions is childbearing. Here, women used to lose seniority when they went on maternity leave, which meant a decrease in pay and promotion options. Fortunately this is no longer the case here.
    I read up on this a few years back, and this was really the predominant reason why female nurses might appear to earn less. When women step out of the workplace to take maternity leave, some extend that leave, and then re-enter the field later. That can count against you in the experience category. Also, one source indicated that not only did men tend to stay in the profession on a "continuous" basis, but they tended to move into positions where the compensation is more generous (CRNA and administration come to mind).

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