Raising minimum wage ..RN Salaries increase?

  1. I am trying to wrap my head around ,raising the minimum wage /nursing salaries .In my area CNA 11/hour ,Lpn 17/hour,Rn 25hour .
    Recently they mandate RNs to have a 4 year degree ,which costs between 40-200 k.
    If minimum wage increases to 15 hr ..this would force an increase..How can you pay McDonald's workers more ..when CNA's are
    doing backbreaking work ,nightshift ,leaving thier families on weakends and holidays ? This would force a increase all the way up .I do worry though ..that this will make staffing short /and healthcare insurance prices to rise .
    Last edit by Brian S. on Oct 9
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  2. 93 Comments

  3. by   Emergent
    This is the essential argument against having such a high minimum wage for unskilled work. It would take away the incentive for anyone to make the effort to become educated in a more specialized field. Therefore, the wages need to go up for everyone.

    When that happens, inflation occurs and the cost of buying goods and services increases. That takes away the spending power of those who are making $15 an hour and brings them back to where they were.
  4. by   NurseSpeedy
    Higher minimum wages equal less jobs available. $15/hr for McDonald's equals a touchscreen to place your order and that burger is going to cost a lot more. Anyone for a $15 value meal?
  5. by   RNperdiem
    A lot depends on the job market.
    If it is an employers market, people are thankful just to have a job and employers can be in a position to take advantage of this.
  6. by   ThePrincessBride
    Where I am from, new RNs make about 23-24/hr. For years of education, tons of responsibility and headaches, RNs should be making WAY more than that. And CNAs and LPNs are also underpaid, especially CNAs. My bf and I were talking about this. Aldi's starts off at around 12-13/hr but nursing assistants start at 9-11/hr.

    That is so wrong on so many levels.
  7. by   Sour Lemon
    Is there anybody in the world, in any line of work, that doesn't feel that they're underpaid?
  8. by   Emergent
    Quote from Sour Lemon
    Is there anybody in the world, in any line of work, that doesn't feel that they're underpaid?
    I'm very satisfied with my pay.
  9. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Emergent
    I'm very satisfied with my pay.
    Me too. I guess it's easy to see the grass as greener elsewhere, but if elsewhere was such I dream, I would have done that, instead.
  10. by   That Guy
    Quote from RNperdiem
    A lot depends on the job market.
    If it is an employers market, people are thankful just to have a job and employers can be in a position to take advantage of this.
    so pretty much every market?
  11. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from Dformola
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    Recently they mandate RNs to have a 4 year degree ,which costs between 40-200 k.
    200k?
  12. by   Emergent
    Quote from Julius Seizure
    200k?
    Probably if you go to an Ivy League school.
  13. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from Emergent
    Probably if you go to an Ivy League school.
    You better come out of there being some kind of super-nurse!
  14. by   HalfBoiled
    I am in support of $15/hr minimum wage.

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