malamud69 6,632 Views
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I think you're overstating the likelihood of a $15 federal minimum wage, but you're fears are based on some very bad math, which seems to be common to most anti-minimum wage increase hysteria.
First, cost of living and inflation would not increase by the same amount the federal minimum wage increases, which is where I assume you got your "cost of living budget increase by 1/3 or more" figure from. Even at businesses most heavily affected by an increase in the MW (fast food and other predominately near MW paying restaurants), an increase to $15 would raise prices only 4.3%, which is a far cry from the 33% or more that you quoted. And that 4.3% increase assumes a sudden increase to $15, when actually a phased increase to $12 is more likely. And for you to experience all of that 4.3% increase your entire budget would have to be spent at MW paying businesses.
Keep in mind that we're not talking about an unprecedented minimum wage value, the relative buying power of the MW has been steadily declining, the proposals that are out there only catch us back up to where we once were, and when the MW was at those levels the economy thrived. We can also look at smaller minimum wage increase experiments, Washington state has had a minimum wage tied to inflation and despite having the highest minimum wage in the nation they also have one of the most vigorous economies including in terms of job growth in the country.
The biggest problem with allowing the MW to continue to fall is that it moves more towards a federally subsidized business economy, not all that much different from communism. Currently, the majority of those on public assistance programs work. We've been allowing businesses to transition from having to cover their costs to simply paying employees a token amount and then having the government pay for the rest of their basic expenses (ie communism).
I'm a small business owner, and as a result I fully support returning the MW to it's historical peak, here's why: With a MW far lower than a livable wage, as a responsible owner of a successful business I get punished and end up having to support less responsible and poorly run businesses. While I may pay my employees a livable wage, the restaurant next door is free to underpay their employees and make up for it with public assistance programs that I then also have to pay into. So my "reward" for running a good business is that I also get the bill to make up for the failings of other businesses.
In general, I don't agree that businesses should be immune to the competitive market forces that keep an economy healthy by replacing an adequate minimum wage.
Another peeve I have: if CA hospitals can afford to pay nurses $55/hr, and stay in business......where the hell does a southern hospital in AR get off paying $19? Don't the insurance companies pay them equally?
Most of the fear that is expressed about the negative consequences of raising the minimum wage in a capitalist society is myth and made up.
If the masses have little in way of discretionary money to spend the economy doesn't do as well.
If the laboring masses are kept in poverty while the oligarchs prosper and hoard cash off shore there will be political revolution. Bernie Sanders has fanned that flame already.
I would recommend taking a look at some of these;
Minimum Wage | Economic Policy Institute
Don't worry, the 1% will figure out how to keep their wealth and eventually screw the rest of us on all the other economic rungs of the ladder. Until then, I'm not too worried about minimum wage increases affecting my earnings- it would be nice to see my fellow NAs, for example, make what they're actually worth.
OP, I saw your thread about the increase in the minimum wage, also. You suggest that both of these things are just about to happen, and you're all worked up about how are going to negatively going to affect you. Putting aside for the moment how jealous and self-centered you sound in both posts, I think it's highly unlikely either thing is going to happen anytime soon (unfortunately, IMO). Maybe you should just take a deep breath and worry about actual, real-life concerns.
Nursing has been doing a fine job in the current economic and educational climate of turning out droves of minimally prepared graduates and running down nursing wages and benefits for quite a while now, without needing any assistance from anyone else. We shot ourselves in the foot, collectively, a long time ago.
Even if we went to some sort of civilized system of public higher education, that wouldn't mean huge numbers of people would get accepted into nursing programs. Plenty of people who are willing to pay can't get into nursing programs now. Nursing isn't like English 101; you can't just open up a few more sections and suddenly accommodate twice as many students.
Absolutely. Helping people is a nice bonus.
I'm a second-career nurse; I turned 40 during my first semester of nursing school and am now 46 with almost 4 years of experience. Here's a different challenge that surprised me: it's weird being the newbie in middle age. I have the nursing experience of a 24-26 year old, but I have the life/professional/personal/educational experience of my actual age, and sometimes the two don't come together. You will be expected to pay your dues, just like you had to in your first career. You are probably used to a certain level of authority and competence in your career, especially as you have been managing an office, and this can be tough when you essentially start over.
The thing that has troubled me the most, though, is that friends my age from high school and college are very settled and established in their careers, achieving big things and enjoying the fruit of 20+ years in their fields. If you recall Erickson's stages of psychosocial development, you and I are both in the midst of "generativity vs. stagnation;" my friends (and husband!) are all generating like crazy, while I'm still on the treadmill of the newer nurse trying to get my employer to realize I have a LOT to offer from those extra years doing other things!
I don't say these things to discourage you; I just wanted to put in my $0.02 with a different spin on what I have experienced as a second career nurse.
You're never to old to do something new.
I spent 35 years in IT management and sales before deciding I really wanted to spend my last 10 years of work doing something in healthcare. So at age 57 I started the accelerated BSN Program at Georgetown University.
After graduation, I spent 5 years doing inpatient Oncology, which includes a lot of Med-Surg. It's physical, but very doable once you learn good time management skills. I'm now in my second year of outpatient Oncology - less physically strenuous but complicated treatment protocols. The majority of my patients have breast cancer.
I'm a 64 year old guy, love my patients and plan to work till I'm 70. If I can do this, so can you!
I graduated 2 years ago and a fellow nursing peer was 57. She is working and making a nice salary with an ADN! She is only a few years younger than you-then by the time you would graduate. Yes, it might depend on how quickly you get into your program. But I say, go for it! And I have to say I believe it helps to be extra healthy. Body, mind, soul. You're only as old as you feel. Jobs are out there.
Messing with your circadian rhythm can cause all kinds of problems. You are only one month in and already experiencing consequences.
Some people can work nights, and I bow to them. I made it for 9 months, slept the entire time I was off and felt like warmed up dog doo-doo.
Times were different, but I went to my manager and explained if I did not get on day shift, I would have to move on.
My sanity and health was worth more than any job.
I am a new grad in my first med/surg position. I am 49.
I don't look my age either...most folks think I am in my mid to late 30s. The nurses know that I am a new grad, but they treat me very well and don't expect me to know more than any other new grad. I do share with some patients that I am a new nurse. They are surprised, but excited that someone can change course 'late' in life. They congratulate me.
I am thinking of eventually merging my prior IT career with nursing and going for nursing informatics. For the time being, I am loving my position.
Age is a state of mind. Take care of your body and you can be very active well into life! I also think it is a great example for my kids to show that you are never too old to do something with your life!
You must get a lawyer. I would not spend one more moment pondering,what if this, what if that. Bottom line. You know the truth. Don't doubt yourself.
Also, some drug interactions and even metabolites if single drugs can sometimes show up on U/As as positive for illegal substances. You should be able to request for your sample to be sent in for an in depth screen that shows exactly what drugs were positive or if it was a false positive. If they truly tampered with your urine sample then that won't help though.
Also, initially the sample once it's sealed is to verify it is your urine. Without that, they could have used anyone's urine. You may be able to fight the results based on improper procedure and handling of your sample if the board contacts you.
In in any case, consulting a lawyer seems the best bet after you get your hair follicle sample done ASAP. Good luck with this crappy situation.
Your current employer will find a new employee and will forget about you in no time.
My critical care instructor said "When you walk in the room look at the patient, not the monitor!" Advice that never failed me in 36 years of CC nursing.
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