I've learned that all the money in the world doesn't compensate for a lousy workplace.
That said, I think I'm pretty much in the best of both worlds with my current position..........I make an excellent wage for this neck of the woods, AND I like where I work and the people I work with. I like my shift, the opportunities for advancement, and the variety of work. I think I get a fair shake from the powers that be, and I'm rarely overwhelmed with my work load (although that has a lot to do with working 8-hour shifts rather than 12's.....I figure I can do almost ANYTHING for eight hours.) And our benefits are pretty decent---with our health insurance, I pay only $5-20 for my prescription medications, and nothing at all for doctor's visits.
With things going downhill for health care in general and nurses in particular, I consider myself lucky to be where I am, and unless something changes radically, I expect to be with this organization in one capacity or another until I retire.