Nursing 2006 Salary Survey finds salaries leveling off - page 2

nursing: volume 36(10) october 2006 p 46-51 salary survey cheryl l. mee, rn, bc, cmsrn, msn nursing 2006 editor-in-chief over 1,100 nurses responded to our salary survey published in... Read More

  1. by   Jabramac
    Quote from jmckeith
    Miss arron, being a prospective male nurse, I wanted to get more information about men in nursing. During my English composition course, I did a research paper on exactly that topic "men in nursing". The research revealed when it came to salary and benifits, women did not push the issue as much as men. Now as to why that is, I have no idea. Just thought I would share this info.
    That is interesting. I thought part of the pay difference might be that more women in the filed are working as a second family income, while possibly more men are working as the primary family income.
  2. by   jmckeith
    Quote from Jabramac
    That is interesting. I thought part of the pay difference might be that more women in the filed are working as a second family income, while possibly more men are working as the primary family income.
    Yeah it is interesting. The research showed interviews with first year nursing students and asked generalized questions such as: Why did you choose nursing, what is important for career satisfaction, ect.

    While the overwhelming majority of men and women answered the first question basically the same; Because they want to make a difference in someones life or to help people, the career satisfaction inquiry answers were quite different. Again, the overwhelming majority of men said pay and benifits were very important vs things like hours and scheduling for women. This kinda reinforces your thoughts.

    If more men would enter nursing, maybe it would help the pay and benifits for all........stay tuned.
  3. by   LEVODEVO
    I'm in a union shop so to speak and there is no way men can make more than women,being a guy I have caught flack over the years about this issue but thought it was just from the old days,surprised as much as your ladies that there is a difference in pay according to gender.
  4. by   LPNbrea
    Hi from Florida. Just joined this site and wanted to say Hello. Been in Nursing 15 years and now realize work for pennies!
  5. by   Bluehair
    [quote=MKZ;1942733]I have been working for four months in a non-unionized hospital in California, I started out at 43.00 dollars/hr. My mortgage is 3500.00 a month. My salary is not sufficient. Nursing is a poorly paid profession. If it was largely a male dominated role, nurses would have been paid alot more a long time ago. And ratios would be a God given right.[/quote

    $43 an hour??????? And that is poorly paid? Holy smokes! Sounds like the problem is not how much you are paid but how much it costs to live where you are! I make $24/hour but my mortgage is only $650 a month for a 2800 sf house on 1 acre.
  6. by   Anjann
    Quote from MKZ
    I have been working for four months in a non-unionized hospital in California, I started out at 43.00 dollars/hr. My mortgage is 3500.00 a month. My salary is not sufficient. Nursing is a poorly paid profession. If it was largely a male dominated role, nurses would have been paid alot more a long time ago. And ratios would be a God given right.
    *choke!* I'm sorry... did you say $43.00 per hour?? Geez... I'm living in a pretty expensive area (Washington DC/Metro) and I thought $25/hr. was good money! (more than I made with any of my other 4 degrees!) $43 for me would be awesome! You can always move to North Carolina like my nursing school friend did. She sold her DC house, bought a huge house with cash in NC, but had to take a job at $18/hr because of the cost of living there.

    Either way, I think very shortly here when many of the baby boomers retire, we will be left with an RN shortage bordering on crisis that will get the salaries moving again. There will be no other choice.
  7. by   Teacher2bCRNA
    if these are the wages that are the trend in nursing, i may as well stay in the classroom. right now, if i converted my salary into an hourly wages, it would be over 30 dollars and hour. plus i only work 10 months out of the year. wow, i may need to rethink this. but my ultimate goal is crna and that pay is fantastic.
  8. by   midlifenewnurse
    Hi,

    I am leaving (I hope) a self employed business of 21 years where I make between 10.00 and 60.00/hour depending on the season and how I bid. I am looking for a job where I can leave it "at the door" when I get home. I also need benefits. How are the benefits?
  9. by   nina b
    Quote from MKZ
    I have been working for four months in a non-unionized hospital in California, I started out at 43.00 dollars/hr. My mortgage is 3500.00 a month. My salary is not sufficient. Nursing is a poorly paid profession. If it was largely a male dominated role, nurses would have been paid alot more a long time ago. And ratios would be a God given right.
    hi mkz and ya`ll, found this site and g/f has put some of her friends also nurses onto it, $43.00 p/h and your ******** ? i`m a plumber and $43.00 p/h for safeguarding the nations health would be more than welcome, i have nothing but absolute respect and awe for g/f who`s an rn and all nurses everywhere especially when i read some of the threads about skill levels and patient care, ****** general public hopefully are few and far between, ive been in hospital many times with a demanding ex who wanted attention like you wouldnt believe and i totally hated her constant demands to go get this from the nurse go get that, only once did i pursue some better care when ex was left for hours in her own feaces if thats the word, then a critical care patient she`d been left in that state for quite a while in between visits, messed up sheets etc you know the scenario, only time in loads of hospital visits did i ever think that the nurses who`s care she was in had dropped the ball,my hats off to you all
  10. by   sailorgal
    My experience in the Denver Metro Area is that wages leveled off a long time ago and definately have not kept up at all with the cost of living. Additionally, it is a popular place to live and people will move here from out of state and take a cut in pay just to live in the Rockies thus further driving down "locals" efforts to advance wages.
  11. by   deehaverrn
    we usually get a 3% raise each year..same as everyone else in the hospital so it doesn't go with whether demand for nurses is up or down
    we are the lowest paid in the area (which has several other acute care hospitals) by a few dollars an hours, they keep us just high enough to not make it worth losing the seniority and day shift hours
    perks aren't so great, no 401k, healthcare doesnt cover spouse and has lots of deductibles, no vision, bare bones dental, 10 holidays, up to 4 weeks vacation (which might sound good to some but other businesses in area get up to 6 weeks based on seniority..and other depts get same amount so we aren't rewarded for our professional status and education, also unlike other depts. we can't take vacation over hollidays, can take limited amount over our weekend off (which means we must always return or start on a sunday, and are limited to at most one week in the summer...so if you have school kids, you can forget taking a vacation of any consequence with your kids,..I always wanted to take them out West but one week is not enough time)
    Day shift here makes about $25/hr. I'd love to be unionized, or something. If only nurses would stick together, but i think we're all just tired out from working and having families, we don't have time to protest our unfair treatment and working conditions. And our "nursing leaders" in education and professional organizations don't take an interest in the plight of the working nurse.
  12. by   nurse_nan
    Midwest seems to have a good balance. A staff nurse here tops out at around $32 an hour, not counting differentials for holidays, weekends, evenings or nights. My mortgage is $400 for 3 br Victorian. To the 'poor' California girl, it isn't your salary that is inadequate. Whole families live on one fourth that amount in some areas. Someone mentioned that nursing salaries suck because employers look at us as the second income or something like that. I think you would be surprised at how many nurses are supporting their families on their salaries. And many times, it's the nurse who gets the health insurance because hubby's insurance is either nonexistent or prohibitively expensive. And think of the times when nurses earn PTO but their self employed or contract spouses just have to take the time off without pay.

    Nurses are their own worst enemies when it comes to unionizing. A St. Louis hospital went union a few years ago only to get their union broken the first round of contract renewal negotiations because of nurses from all over the country flying in to take their place and negating those nurses' efforts to gain better conditions and benefits. So to all of you agency nurses who just go for the money, remember, you cross those picket lines or fly in to cover when others are holding out for rights and you contribute to poor conditions associated with nursing, salaries, nurse-patient ratios, benefits, and a host of other trouble. Some day you'll be in a position where you can't just jump and run to the next assignment. And I sincerely hope all you union busters go to work for employers who treat you like a line item on the budget. Maybe you'll regret having helped to make it that way.
  13. by   ghoprn
    Who sponsered the survey..(a popular hospital group)? They're the only ppl I heard of who state that a nursing shortage doesn't exist. What a great way to control wages....hmmmmmm

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