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Why is nursing pay across the board not standardized? What I am referring to is, why do nurses get paid more or less according to the cost of living across the USA and not according to skills a nurse... Read More

  1. by   BSN16
    cost. of. living.
  2. by   nursesunny
    Fast food workers in Los Angeles make more than they do in Montgomery, AL....I think the Big Mack tastes the same pretty much anywhere you go.

    I am all for taking care of patients but I have to be able to meet my basic needs as well and in major cities that takes significantly more money.
  3. by   Been there,done that
    The cost of living.. is what it is. It is an INDEX that measures differences in the price of goods and services. The value of your service depends on your location. I have made 60 bucks an hour in Hawaii, 25 bucks in Detroit.
  4. by   FrankRN2017
    Does the cost of cellular service packages vary from city to city even though coverage varies from location to location?
  5. by   Here.I.Stand
    Don't ALL incomes vary according to the COL? Nursing isn't unique in this regard. Even minimum wage varies according to COL. a
    If a rural WV hospital is going to pay nurses the same as NYC nurses... guess what? They won't be able to afford safe staffing.
  6. by   Been there,done that
    Not quite sure. But why would you compare phone service.. to nursing service? I always thought we should get paid by the individual service we provided. What is this enema or IV pain relief injection worth to you .. consumer?

    We don't call the shots on this one.
  7. by   BSN16
    Quote from FrankRN2017
    Does the cost of cellular service packages vary from city to city even though coverage varies from location to location?
    no, but i'm sure what the employee of a cellular store gets paid is difference from city to city.
  8. by   Dusty77
    It's what SmilingBlueEyes and TriciaJ said.

    Like most jobs, pay is based on what the employer is willing to pay to get the desired result from the employee. That varies among different labor markets.
  9. by   FrankRN2017
    Quote from Dusty77
    It's what SmilingBlueEyes and TriciaJ said.

    Like most jobs, pay is based on what the employer is willing to pay to get the desired result from the employee. That varies among different labor markets.
    Well like many people, I do not trust an employer anymore. Employers will do anything to pay you as little as possible but expect you to perform flawlessly.
  10. by   FrankRN2017
    Quote from Here.I.Stand
    Don't ALL incomes vary according to the COL? Nursing isn't unique in this regard. Even minimum wage varies according to COL. a
    If a rural WV hospital is going to pay nurses the same as NYC nurses... guess what? They won't be able to afford safe staffing.
    They do not staff adequately for safety as it is.
  11. by   tnbutterfly
    To understand more about the cost of living and nursing wages, take a look at this article based on the 2017 allnurses Salary Survey results: Registered Nurse Salary Purchasing Power Across States
  12. by   Lisacar130
    Market demand for nurses and cost of living, just like any other job out there. I don't know of any career that is totally standardized. There is probably more variance between teaching salaries than nursing salaries though, just to compare. Schools having totally different funding sources would be one reason.
    It also would be very hard to pay nurses differently based on their skills. How would one quantify how skilled a nurse is? There's hands on skills, teamwork skills, leadership skills, communication skills, etc. It would probably jeopardize the harmony of whatever unit to pay each nurse per skill. And why would one nurse help another to learn a certain hands on skill, for example, if they will then be less needed and this would effect their own salary? If the more "skilled" you are effects salary in a big way, then the less teamwork I think.
    Last edit by Lisacar130 on Jan 2
  13. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from FrankRN2017
    Well like many people, I do not trust an employer anymore. Employers will do anything to pay you as little as possible but expect you to perform flawlessly.
    Yes, that is true. Everyone wants to get the most bang for their buck. Think of anything you spend money on. Don't you want the best deal for the lowest price?

    As far as trusting an employer: some are kinder and more trustworthy than others. But their primary consideration is never going to be you.

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