I can see your point, but to be completely fair it would have to be experience in the area of practice. Should a nurse who has worked 15 years on a psych unit walk into an ER without any area experience and make more money than a nurse who has worked there 10 years or vise versa.
These polls only give you limited space and options and we need to start somewhere. Right now there are so many people saying that we are already making the correct amount at 15 - 25 dollars and hour that I am really looking forward to a new career in real estate in the late spring. Better money, working conditions, and a lot less stress as well as a better future overall. I can almost hear my self saying, if that is how they truly feel then let them do it for that. I know that sounds mean, but in many ways that is how I feel about what this profession continues to let happen to it. In the last year, it truly has not gotten any better. In fact, it just seems to keep getting worse.
For what ever reason some people so not want to advance and they will be the ones who in many ways will probably be the ones who fight and claw to hold everyone else back. I am not just talking about money either, but also the basic conditions which need to change. I can not see other nurses kicking them in the behind to wake them up or forcing to change for the good of everyone. Can you?
Although that seems mean and unthinkable, that is probably going to be what it takes. I personally believe that a lot of the nurses who have left and are planning on leaving have come to the conclusion that it is a no win situation? So why not cut your loses early and reap the benefits of something else. And this is from a guy who really truly enjoys working at the bedside in the ER and does not find anything else in nursing interesting or as enjoyable enough to move into. I am also not going to put up with be treated and worked like a dog as regular staff the rest of my life either to retire on next to nothing. I would like to be regular staff somewhere so I could have a home, but not the way that most places treat them.
Sorry, kind of went off on a different tangent.