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A calling to help others but give me a good paycheck

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I have the want to help my patients, and I respect their dignity. I don't like not having a raise in two years, and I don't like the shrinking bottom line of money. I have heard chatter of well I am not in this for the money, and I am only hear to help others.....

I call these statements drivel. Everyone needs to eat, pay mortgage, have gas money to get to work....so please don't devalue what you do by saying I don't need a good paycheck....

Decent pay for a day's work

brandy1017, ASN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care.

So why didn't you get a raise? Was it hospital wide? I would look for a new job that may be the only way you get a raise, esp if it's hospital wide. I think some hospitals are taking advantage of the bad economy as an excuse to not give out raises. We still get raises but they are piddly 2-3% nothing to write home about!

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

I feel the OP...however why is this in the "Nurses Rock" forum; the forum for feeling like the "rock star nurse", great kudos, etc.

Are you a rock star, OP? 🙂

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 25 years experience.

I didn't notice this was in the "nurses rock" forum until LadyFree28 pointed it out, just clicked a link. So..maybe the wrong forum but I'll answer anyway.

I feel for you, no raises here either. This is not just facility wide but company wide. First raise in 4 years was certainly nothing to get excited about. As a matter a fact, I think I lost money as my insurance premiums went up as well. It stinks!

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

To OP - AMEN!!!!

I'd bet the higher uppers received their increments and bonuses.

Also, I've accidently posted in the wrong forum. Easy to do.

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

No raise here -- even if we were getting them hospital wide, I'm at the top of my pay scale. It's ageism, I say!

duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

I got a 2% raise that will be eaten up by the premium increase for my health insurance come October.

SeattleJess

Specializes in None yet..

duskyjewel said:
I got a 2% raise that will be eaten up by the premium increase for my health insurance come October.

Oh, that's soooo familiar from when I worked for the state. Tiny percentage increase in base pay and huge increase on health insurance costs. Premium and deductible.

Truth in advertising would call those a "lower", not a raise.

Radnurse54

Specializes in Emergency Department/Radiology. Has 33 years experience.

Try being 61, and a nurse for 41 years, and not getting a raise for 5 years, because I am topped out. However, those new coming in still keep receiving raises...pretty soon we will be making the same. It appears that they may be forcing those of us more experienced nurses out the door, or if we get disastisfied, they wont be sad that we leave. I believe through my own experience that nurses usually do not leave for how they are paid but for how they are treated. However, being devalued on a continual basis cuts both ways.

Valerie99

Has 16 years experience.

Your issue of not getting a raise is ubiquitous not just in nursing but across the board in corporate America. When it comes to government jobs, there's often just not enough money available. As for corporate jobs, the life blood of any company is squeezing as much as possible out of the employees for as low cost as possible. Tough break for us.

Fortunately, pioneering employers like Google have started to change this trend by offering the best work environments and pay to attract the top talent and as a result they have flourished. However, I'd say that it's unlikely that this will carry over to industries like ours any time soon.

As for people saying, "I'm in this to help people," I agree that helping people make our jobs more meaningful and satisfying, but you're absolutely right that a living wage is necessary. I find that often times people give this canned response because they are afraid that they must be consistent with the message they relayed in their job interview!

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

I beg to differ with Valerie99..... close family members in IT are definitely getting very nice annual raises (> 10%), project-related bonuses, $5k per year for continuing education, 100% tuition/certification reimbursement, & dynamite employee purchasing discounts -- like 10% off CARS!!!! All of that & no HCAHPS or Press-Ganey . . .

Yeppers - I'm in the wrong industry.

Nurse J1112

Specializes in tele,med/surg. Has 3 years experience.

I like everything OP said. HAND DOWN!:rolleyes:

HouTx said:
I beg to differ with Valerie99..... close family members in IT are definitely getting very nice annual raises (> 10%), project-related bonuses, $5k per year for continuing education, 100% tuition/certification reimbursement, & dynamite employee purchasing discounts -- like 10% off CARS!!!! All of that & no HCAHPS or Press-Ganey . . .

Yeppers - I'm in the wrong industry.

Wait, what?! I'd love to know what industry/region/companies those are as my IT hubby gets a 3-4% raise and none of those perks! Our health insurance with him is more expensive and provides less coverage than what I had when I worked for Costco. 😕

You can still make a good living in nursing despite not getting raises. I understand it's frustrating...my husband is in a profession where raises were stalled for 7 years....yes, 7 years!! If you are doing something you love to do and are getting paid a decent wage, it's still frustrating....but in an economy like this what can you really expect?

If you really want to feel like you are helping others for not much pay, try working for a non-profit hospital. 😉 It's sad to see RNs that I trained as new grads or new to my specialty area taking their newly gained experience to a for-profit hospital and getting a pay raise that is more than I am making at the non-profit.

duskyjewel

Specializes in hospice.

Anon, my husband and I both work for nonprofits. When it comes to the getting rich game, we're doing it wrong. LOL.

However, the compensatory benefit of feeling like you're not a "boil on the butt of humanity" as my DH once put it, can be worth a lot. (My husband is a financial professional and was getting lots of job offers from predatory lending outfits, and while we needed him to be working, he just didn't wanna be THAT guy.)

Radnurse54

Specializes in Emergency Department/Radiology. Has 33 years experience.

I am confused about the comment that what we do is a calling. Let me be clear I am not a nun. This is a career, NOT a calling, thats just an excuse to make nurses feel bad for asking what would be asked for in any other profession. You want me to know you appreciate what I do, then pay me. I never thought I would be the kind of nurse who did her job for money, but here I am and I dont feel bad about my choice at all.

ButterflyRN90

Specializes in Renal and Telemetry. Has 5 years experience.

Radnurse54 said:
I am confused about the comment that what we do is a calling. Let me be clear I am not a nun. This is a career, NOT a calling, thats just an excuse to make nurses feel bad for asking what would be asked for in any other profession. You want me to know you appreciate what I do, then pay me. I never thought I would be the kind of nurse who did her job for money, but here I am and I dont feel bad about my choice at all.

Maybe to you it's a career alone, but to others it may be a calling. It's a calling to me and I'm not a nun. If you did it for money then more power to you, but don't make a generalized statement about it being an excuse.