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As I read this board, I constantly here the following: 1) CEO's make too much money 2) We must unite 3) Take a stand 4) Nurses are underpaid 5) We need better working conditions 6) Nurses... Read More
Apr 19, '01Joined: Jan '01; Posts: 97; Likes: 3
I was trying to make the point that nurses work in the human services. Their work is helping other people. Most people who work in human services do it for more than just the money.
Apr 19, '01Occupation: Patient Education Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in LDRP; Education ; Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 7,470; Likes: 56And most of us do Chili. But those moments that we crave or love are GONE. We cannot connect with our patients they way CNA's can at times. We have too many patients, too many support staff to watch over, too many orientees. Not enough nurses.
To attract more nureses, seeing as the altruism is GONE, we want a more fair compensation. Also one comensurate with experience.
Apr 19, '01Occupation: RN Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 337; Likes: 5chili-if your point is that people who work in human services do it for the patients and shouldn't complain about the money they are paid, then you should stop complaining about a nursing assistant's salary. After all, isn't there more to YOUR job than money?
Historically, hospitals obtained nursing services for free because student nurses did most of the work while graduate nurses were paid a pittance to supervise them. Few women continued to work once they had families, and men were virtually unknown in nursing. However, as Susy pointed out, times have changed. Women no longer work simply to "keep busy" until a man comes alomg to support them. Today, we support ourselves, our children, sometimes our husbands (or wives) and even need to help with elderly parents. Most families can no longert live on one salary. People don't want to become nurses for little compensation-especially after spending time and money on education.
I think you have amply "made your point", here as well as in several other posts. But now it is time to stop pointing out how much nurses make compared to nursing assistants. As someone else said, it's comparing apples to oranges.