Some people believe in the whole "altruistic angels of mercy" thing, I think that hospitals and other employers take full advantage of this. Many nurses came into the profession because they are such giving people and truly want to help others. HOWEVER
I believe that nurses who work for little or nothing are really hurting the profession. This is why, if we don't consider ourselves worthy of fair compensation, why would others? If they (administrators) can take advantage of someone who is willing to do the work for free, it obviously increases their profit margin. This goes for so many nurses who I know are only trying to help, and don't realize that they are hurting all of us in the long run. From the nurses who are so happy to find a job with good hours and no holidays that they'll take less than half the average salary just to work in a doctors office.( they need nurses there--so if everyone demanded fair payment they'd be forced to do so). To the nurses who work through lunch or after shift but don't put in for it..labor laws do apply, so if you ask, your employer HAS to pay.
I care about my patients as much as anyone, but if you want respect you have to start somewhere. If any of you are rich, maybe you should consider being a volunteer, otherwise, you deserve to be paid. This is what I do, my job, I'm not doing it for fun. So I must get money for it, that's how I pay MY bills! As far as those that say, "it was only 15 minutes", when was the last time you saw a doctor, a dentist, or a lawyer, and they said.."no charge...it was only 15 minutes"