2005: The State of Nursing Salaries - page 21

from: advance for nurses survey results: the state of salaries by stephanie m. adamow, erin james & abigail scott what you are making? in our survey, nearly half of the 11,000... Read More

  1. by   NickB
    Unions used to work in this country, but then as the lazy trend in our country slowly took over, unions became the demise of hard working Americans. So many people don't want to work hard to "earn" the money. They expect it. We are in the midst of the entitlement generation. The fact that you have a Nurse complaining about low wages and then you have a Nurse who is working hard and making close to 100k writing posts on the same page is all the proof you need. Some of you have forgotten that you too were a new nurse at one time yet now you complain of new nurses entering the field. And for those of you who are going to look at my profile to see who I am, let me help you. I have a BS that I earned in 2003. I am starting a nursing program next month and will be one of these new nurses that you speak of. And I do know what hard work is. I am currently running a successful residential contracting company in the worst residential construction market this country has ever seen. You should be grateful that you even have a job. Nursing shouldn't be about the money, it should be because you want to do it. The money is obviously there, you just need to work a little harder and find it.
  2. by   dreamon
    Quote from traumahawk99
    nothing amuses me more than the constant whining of the "poor" nurses i work around.

    in this industry, you can pick your hours, and you make a very decent wage. if you've got initiative, you can make exrtremely good money.... and it's all over the place to be made.

    in these tough economic times, MOST people are far less fortunate. in the first place, they earn less than us... and there is no option to work overtime. i can work three 12 hour night shifts, and make 50k, have good benefits, etc. and pick up a couple of extra nights at $38 an hour. it adds up quickly.

    this year, in my first full year as a nurse, i've aready broken $95k. i'll be two years as a nurse in next july. that's a phenomenal amout to earn for such a short time in a profession. and i will do it again this year... while i'm working on longer term projects.

    so let's give this industry its due. for those who want to work, there is plenty of money to be made. to say otherwise is simply ridiculous. the world doesn't revolve around nurses, as though every nurse should automatically be a millionaire.

    it's much tougher for most folks. this is a great profession to be in, with excellent long term prospects.
    You are my idol.
  3. by   cenote
    Quote from teeituptom
    Unionization will never settle anything. If you dony want to work that job then someone will. Unions are self absorbed into their mission in life not yours. However nursing unions do one thing right. They go on strike, then I get exhorbitant pay to cross those strike lines. God Knows I love strike pay. Its wonderfull.
    It's time to revisit this subject considering the economic times. Again, I postulate that unionization, while abhorant on many levels, may be the only way that we nurses will continue in this profession. The other alternative, like a mandated federal law, will fail. Why? Because the law will be written in such a way that corporations will just "rename" a unit and whoala!, ratios go back to what they were. I.E. In California the Telemetry Units are now "MedSurg/Tele Units" which, by law, can have a higher patient/nurse ratio.
  4. by   cenote
    [quote=NickB;3333364]Unions used to work in this country, but then as the lazy trend in our country slowly took over, unions became the demise of hard working Americans. So many people don't want to work hard to "earn" the money. They expect it. We are in the midst of the entitlement generation. The fact that you have a Nurse complaining about low wages and then you have a Nurse who is working hard and making close to 100k writing posts on the same page is all the proof you need. Some of you have forgotten that you too were a new nurse at one time yet now you complain of new nurses entering the field. And for those of you who are going to look at my profile to see who I am, let me help you. I have a BS that I earned in 2003. I am starting a nursing program next month and will be one of these new nurses that you speak of. And I do know what hard work is. I am currently running a successful residential contracting company in the worst residential construction market this country has ever seen. You should be grateful that you even have a job. Nursing shouldn't be about the money, it should be because you want to do it. The money is obviously there, you just need to work a little harder and find it.[/quot

    I couldn't help but reply to this post. "Nursing shouldn't be about the money"? Where the hell did this person come from? Russia? Cuba? Venezuala? Since my job (and it's a job), involves caring for people who are ill then I should expect to earn less than others? Do the Docs expect less? Does the plumber? Let's get real here. Geeeez.

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