I just have to vent for a moment. Why is it that OT 's and PT's make more than RN's? Don't tell me it is a degree thing b/c many RN's have 4 year degrees just like MANY ot/pt's do. They don't all have a master's! Why is it that my mother who doesn't have a college degree, has not worked in 25 years, has minimal skills (God love her) was offered a clerical position for $15 an hour. Three dollars less than what I make!!! My friends maid makes more than I do! WHAT is going on here? I am new to this field and I LOVE pt. care but I can't stay in it for long with this pay. I can barely afford rent! How did it get so bad and how come nothing has ever been done about this? All this talk about safe pt. care! My floor is great and everyone is supportive. Quality care is the least of my concerns right now b/c my patiens are well taken care of. My pt.s are fine, but I am broke. How come nurses have not stood up for themselves before? I'm in shock. This is ridiculous.