Compare nurse to doctor salaries....nurse to management salaries.....nurse to garbage worker salaries! I graduated from nursing school
almost 10 years ago. At the same time, my then husband started a new job as a garbage truck driver for the city. He made 50 cents more an hour than me, plus his benefits were AWESOME! His medical insurance, for the entire family was covered, with no out of pocket expense to him!!!!!!!!!!! In the ensuing years, his wages have increased at a higher rate than mine, and the only change is that now he has to pay $80 a month, his contribution, for medical insurance for himself and our 2 children. WAAAAAAAH????? The main difference, that I can see, is the union, Teamsters. If nurses belonged to the Teamsters, we'd have substantial pensions, better medical insurance, better representation, better working conditions, and better pay. So nurses have the reputation, but who makes the $$$$$? Don't kid yourselves, firefighters, who don't even need a college education to become a firefighter, work less and make more and have better pensions. Dangerous job? You betcha, so is nursing. Or have you never worn a
self-contained respirator & isolation getup? Or been physically or verbally assaulted by a patient? Or hurt your back/shoulder/wrist caring for patients?