NurseLeigh: How wages affect public perception - page 2

I started a new thread rather than shanghai the thread this was posted on, because this is really a different question. Since I believe that better nursing wages will increase public respect... Read More

  1. by   Teshiee
    yeah, that is true no one trust lawyers and they do get paid but then again they go to school forever, not saying education has a bearing on a large paycheck. In this lovely country of ours athletes make more money than the law allow and teachers make squat. Personally I fee nursing pays decent and you have options to make a small fortune in nursing if you don't become a slave to the job! I only work per diem and I buy my own insurance. You have so many options in nursing. Registrty, travel, or strike, if that is your thing. I like the personal freedom nursing gives me. I do not like corporate too much ass kissing for me.
  2. by   JNJ
    Are agency or traveling RNs used where you work? If so, you know that whatever they are paid, the agency is being paid 1.5 to 2 times that amount. There are skilled RNs in many parts of the USA actually earning $65 - 85 per hour. They have achieved this by quietly offering a facility a contract with their services, not undercutting what the agency RN makes, but asking for roughly what the agency makes. Facilities are signing these contracts because they get competence and an independent nurse who will not whine/complain. Incidentally, these RNs are not accepting ridiculous case loads either.

    Start asking for what you want, quietly, firmly, professionally. Make an appt. with HR. Find out about the highest paid RN positions in your area/hiring bonuses etc and build a picture around this. Do not be angry - you do have options. If you are any good, facilities will pay to keep you or meet your needs for an improved workplace. The key is to be specific about what you want and do not presume that every RN you work with wants the same. Empower yourselves. Act like professionals and you will be treated appropriately. People will meet your expectations.
  3. by   Genista
    Money alone won't change the public perception, but it might help those of us working like dogs to feel adequately compensated.

    Eltrip, RN- I'm not sure whereabouts you're from (near Narnia? heh heh?), but in California, RNs do make the same as carpenters. Yippee! I can say that, because my hubby is a carpenter. This year I finally surpassed him with my wages. My RN wages have gone up $10/hr in 4.5 years since I graduated. I now make the same wage (slightly better) than a Journeyman carpenter. Though, I have a BS in Nursing, I make no more than the trades.

    The "trades" are more noble than you think! Though, to hear my husband's stories about carpentry, maybe you might look into electrician appenticeship instead. ;-) Those carpenters have to lug a lot of lumber & are physically wiped out at days end. Hmmm...sounds like my acute care nursing job, now that I think of it! (We're lugging patients & wiped out at days end...at least the carpenters get their breaks). ;-0

    The public does not know what nurses do. I have said it before, and it will haunt me till my dying day, but I will NEVER forget the time my own mother (who saw my hard work through many years of college) made the classic faux pas & called a nurse aid/home health aid the same as a "nurse." When I tried to correct her, she OBVIOUSLY didn't see the difference, the "hidden world" of RN knowledge, much like many patients & families can only see what you "do" physically. They have NO idea what is going on in that educated RN brain of yours . We do so much more in our "heads" and in assessment. They just don't know our many talents...and stressors, because we are forever connected to the bed pan & the image of handmaiden.

    I'm rooting for decent pay, though. Fair pay never hurts.

    :roll
  4. by   Pretzlgl
    Originally posted by kona2
    Money alone won't change the public perception, but it might help those of us working like dogs to feel adequately compensated.

    We do so much more in our "heads" and in assessment. They just don't know our many talents...and stressors, because we are forever connected to the bed pan & the image of handmaiden.

    I'm rooting for decent pay, though. Fair pay never hurts.

    :roll
    I feel the same way Kona - you "nailed" it...(heh heh)

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