Why does it seem that in the nursing field, salaries do not seem to really increase that much with experience? I was an LPN for ten years and have been an RN for six. I have a lot of experience in many different fields. I was talking to a friend of mine who is graduating from nursing school and was shocked to find out that graduate nurses with absolutely no experience are starting out at a base pay just $5-6 per hour than what I earn (before differentials).
I realize that I live in a state that has a fairly low cost of living (Missouri), so the wages are going to reflect that, but come on! It seems almost like a slap in the face after all the years I have put into this career.
People seem to have the impression that nurses make BIG BUCKS and maybe some do. But where I live, most nurses work a lot of overtime or have prn jobs just to make ends meet.
Has anyone else noticed this in the nursing field: Experience does not always equal a higher salary?