Originally posted by chili2641:
As you said earlier we all have choices. If nurses are going to complain about the money they should leave the field. Other professionals who work in the human services make less than nurses. A good example is social workers, police officers, correction officers, prison counselors, probation and parole officers. Most of the above positions require a Bachelors degree. Police officers and correction officers are encouraged to complete the minimum of an associates degree. The pay of these folks ranges from thirteen dollars an hour to around twenty dollars an hour. I very rarely hera these folks complain about there wages and there education levels can be compared to that of nurses.
The ranges you site for these other professions are the range that nurses in my area make as well. REGARDLESS on if they have an associates or a bachelor's.
You state that you rarely hear these people complain about the pay, but I would like to ask, are you on the up and up of the issues surrounding police officers, correctional officers, etc? If so, then you sure spend alot of time researching other professions and also complaining about your own wage as a nursing assistant. Sounds like your time may be better vested if you persue other avenues to advance YOUR pay.
I would like to comment that I hear these individuals complain about their pay as well. For example, in Mexico, police officers respond to bribery from citizens because they aren't paid a damn. And this is just one example.
Most RNs complain about the pay in that there is a low ceiling for pay - many facilities have cap offs of around $25/hr in my area - and that can be a nurse with 5 or 15 years experience. I have been a nurse for 3 years and I make $21/hour (without benefits). For me to even be approaching the cap off before I even reached my professional 5 year birthday is ridiculous.
In addition, I don't see the fact that other professions that deal with life and death and crappy conditions as well as low pay, can justify that nurses are underpaid. The end does not justify the means here. I don't mean to sound demeaning, but if and when you become an RN, and invest your hard earned money and family life to put yourself through college, and accept the fact that you are paid less than a blackjack dealer, and look for the altruism in your daily work, and find you aren't getting it because you are the only nurse for 10 patients, or because you are working for the 16th hour, you will then also see why nurses are fighting for better conditions. It just so happens that one of them is being adequately compensated for advanced degrees and certifications.