Singer/Actor/Athlete Pay vs. NP Pay - page 2

I was hoping some of you could help me out. I'm a high school student that writes articles for our local newspaper. Right now I'm working on an article about athlete, actor/actress pay versus more professions that have more... Read More

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    The other side of the coin: People pay athletes/actors to "see" them work. No one pays nurses/physicians, etc. to "see" them work. If athlete pay was decreased that would only mean that the team owners/coaches would get an even bigger piece of the pie. Now if I had to choose between athletes and team owners making money. I would give more to the athlete who is in many cases putting his life on the line. One wrong hit can end a football player's career not to mention his life. Thus ending his earning potential.

    I agree that to compare the two is a huge stretch. What about comparing nursing salaries to hospital CEO salaries. That may be a better comparison and may make a little more sense. Just a thought! Either way good luck on your assignment.

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    I agree with many of your points. It only takes one wrong "lift" to alter a nurses career as well. In many cases, our back is our earning potential, especially for nurses who choose to remain at bedside.
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    Quote from countryhick
    I agree with many of your points. It only takes one wrong "lift" to alter a nurses career as well. In many cases, our back is our earning potential, especially for nurses who choose to remain at bedside.
    Oh yeah, I definately understand that. My only point in mentioning the risks that athletes face is in comparison with their owners who are simply sitting in the box seats watching.
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    Quote from countryhick
    It says what we value as a country. Sports heros are valued more than nurses and doctors who can save your life. I work in a college nursing program and the sports programs get more press/money than the nursing program does.
    I disagree with this statement. It doesn't say ANYTHING about the values of our country. It is simple supply and demand.

    There are hundreds of hospitals around the country. So there is room for literally thousands of competent NPs/RN's to make a salary, to make their dent.

    The professional sports leagues have, most often, around 30 venues and so, in order to get in, you have to be the best of the best at what you do. If there were a 1000 football teams competing, professional football players would indeeed make less than nurses - because there would be thousands of players 'qualified' under those circumstances.

    In truth, the owners keep few teams in order to focus attention on THOSE teams and as a result, become rich. I see no problems with the atheletes that make their owners rich sharing in the pile of money.

    It's apples and oranges to say that a case of supply and demand means ANYTHING about the values of our country.

    (The same thing is true, to a lessor extent, in college sports - except the atheletes aren't directly compensated, at all.)

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    [QUOTE=suzanne4]A CRNA is an NP, it is just the specialty that they go into. They both have the MSN after their name.

    Correction. I think you mean to say that CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) is a type of APN/APRN (advance practice registered nurse) but CRNA's are not NP's (nurse practitioner) & actually your degree goes before your title.
    example: M. Smith, BSN, RN
    Eva MSN, CFNP
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    Thanks, its good to hear other opinions. Helps you think in a different light and see other sides of issues.
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    I would also like to add that consumers are willing to pay huge sums of money for tickets to professional sports games and keep the licensed apparel and accessories market thriving. The last time I went to a professional sports event was when the Bruins were in the playoffs back in the early 90s and it was $100 for two tickets. As it was hockey and 15 years ago, I am sure the prices for say, a Dolphins game, would be much higher.

    Many people look at healthcare as a basic human need that should be low cost or free, and balk at high copays, etc...

    There are far more sports junkies out there than we "trauma life in the ER" junkies LOL.

    Who will pay for the higher salaries? Doubt the CEO of United Healthcare or Kaiser will take a cut in pay and reduce the profit margin to raise salaries.

    I'm not an NP, and neither am I an RN, so my opinion probably won't hold weight in the context of your research, but the topic got me thinking, so I just thought I would add in my thoughts....
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    Sports figures in our society + worldwide allow people to escape to an imaginary world where they are free from their everyday drudgery and problems for the short time that a game is in progress. That's valuable, to me at least and I'm willing to pay big bucks to live vicariously through my favorite sports star when he dunks, scores a touchdown, or hits a home run. No matter how much I admire my nurse supervisor, I don't have any desire to pay to see her nail a catheterization with perfect technique or do a med pour in record time. :-)
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