I have two words: hazard pay. Many other professions pay it. You work on a high rise, work near toxic stuff, etc, you get extra pay. I mean what is more toxic than the smells of a fresh GI bleed or a pt. reeking of pseudomonas? Better yet, how about those chemo drugs we give? How about those IV starts on combative ETOH and OD pts with HIV and Hep B&C? I think that deserves a little hazard pay! Post mortem care deserves a special little bonus. Where I work in CA, I make 18.00 an hour( I have a BSN,PHN, Psych degree)and have been working over 3 years on a frantic DOU (6:1 by the way w/ insulin gtts, lido, nitro, art lines, you name it) and I am one of the nurses with the highest seniority-which tells you of the high turn over rate. The cost of living is high here, with rent running around $850/mo for a small 2 bedroom apartment. With my mortgage,etc, I barely pay my bills. Oh, by the way, I think any nurse who has to work weekends, Christmas,etc deserves triple time.