How much should nurses be paid? - page 4

As a registered nurse of sixteen years plus a few months, I think I should be making at least fifty dollars an hour base pay. Aaaaaand......your thoughts on what you feel you should be paid for... Read More

  1. by   Cynthiann
    I'm the student mentioned and I am open minded enough to not let comments like that totally discourage me but it does give me a head up for what to expect in the future. I expect it because this is a place where a lot of burnt out nurses release some of the fustration from work. One of my many reasons I decided to go into to nursing was the ability to go in a different types of nursing if I got burnt out with another aspect of nursing. There are so many different kind of jobs as a nurse and with the availability of jobs out there that I know I will eventually find something that I will absolutely love. I'm still completely looking forward to becoming a nurse regardless of the negative things I sometimes read on these boards and even hear from my own family. Family doesn't discourage me but some of them work in hospitals and tell me the things nurses complain about and go through.
  2. by   charissa
    We deserve to make a lot we take a lot of crap
  3. by   CallyRN
    I didn't go into nursing for the money myself. I enjoy taking care of patients. Don't get me wrong, the money is nice but it is just an extra incentive. I am a recent grad. I haven't even taken my boards but I am working on my permit and I make $17 (I will be making $19.55 when I go on 2nd shift). I am happy with that if I know that I am helping someone.
    Colleen
  4. by   flowerchild
    $70,000-$90,000 annually plus full benefits.
  5. by   jehilliard
    If nurses are to be paid per procedure performed; how much do we charge for the patient who is confused and refuses to cooperate for whom we have to reposition and straighten bedding every fifteen minutes for 12 hours?
  6. by   resqrider
    Hi Gang, I am a Student Nurse in North Dakota. I am now on a Job hunt , so that as soon as i graduate i can begin working in my chosen field of nursing. However, I notice in North Dakota that many of the nurses are not happy with the pay they recieve. for example, one hospital in ND offers $12-15/hr with a tidy benefit package while another has a contractoral obligation of 2 years with a base salary of $10.40/hr and a tidy benefit package.

    My concern is what if I am not satisfied with the 2year contract and have to pay back a portion of the bonus. that would seriously hurt my family.

    why is hiring nurses such a wage war anyway can't we all just get along.
  7. by   caroladybelle
    Is this ND that requires at Bachelor's degree?

    So much for the "If we require a BSN, our pay will go up." I know LPNs in FL that make more without a contract.
  8. by   CseMgr1
    Last year I got a commendation from a fellow co-worker, for going that "extra mile". guess what I got from Management?

    A little red rubber ball with a on it.

    Meanwhile, our VP's and docs are making six-figure salaries...

    Unbelieveable, isn't it?


  9. by   jnette
    Originally posted by CseMgr1
    Last year I got a commendation from a fellow co-worker, for going that "extra mile". guess what I got from Management?

    A little red rubber ball with a on it.

    Meanwhile, our VP's and docs are making six-figure salaries...

    Unbelieveable, isn't it?

    OMG!!! A little rubber ball with a on it??? Oh, how I would have loved to have seen your face when you were presented with this gift of "appreciation" !!! I think I would have cut into it (right in front of them) and looked inside saying sth. along the lines of "I thought the ball was just a humorous 'wrapping' of what was to be the REAL show of appreciation found inside this hideous ball..." Sheeeeeeeeesh !

    I still believe that nurses are viewed as nothing more than the blue collar laborers of the healthcare profession.. regardless of education, specialty training/skills, etc. We're still just that. And we have accepted it by our silence (other than on these BBs).

    This is what has to change. Until it does, things will only continue to get worse and we'll be stripped of even more as time goes by.
  10. by   CseMgr1
    I just shrugged, put it in my desk drawer and slammed it shut, muttering: "Why are you NOT surprised?"

    Actually, what I REALLY wanted to do, was to start an impromptu game of handball with it...but, that would have been viewed as very unprofessional.......
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Giving a childs toy to a professional proves the lack of respect for your work.
  12. by   resqrider
    Yes it is North Dakota. The legislature has now agreed to change the nursing requirements however, now a nurse can have ARN or a BSN as new laws begin to take affect. How that will affect pay scales one can only imagine.
  13. by   CseMgr1
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    Giving a childs toy to a professional proves the lack of respect for your work.
    Of course they don't. And I don't respect them , either. They want us to keep quiet, do our work and not rock the boat, despite worsening conditions. Well, as I said in one of my previous posts, the resumes are circulating, and my phone has started ringing, so I'll be leaving soon. I'm sure they won't care. I know I don't.

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