QUOTE:Sounds like you need to move. Seriously, where do you work? With that much experience you should be making a tidy sum. Plus, you could do travel nursing and make some serious money. I applaud your years of experience, but if you think you're not making what you should, you should take that experience elsewhere"
Unfortunately, I am in northern MI (as I imagine Wildcat81 is) and the wages up here are just not that great. The trade off is less traffic, crime, pollution, etc. I decided after several years of travelling that I'd rather make less money and live where I want.
Choices all have positive and negative results and we each must live with our choices.
PS we're unionized (I'm management) and top RN is about $26.