Why not satisfy with the pay? - page 2
Hi everyone, I Know some of you may disagree with me but I have to ask. Why all those complaints about the pay? Some of you are saying that you can't live comfortable with your salaries but dont... Read More
Apr 26, '01Joined: Jul '00; Posts: 11,351; Likes: 388I don't just complain about my wages. I am doing something about it. All nurses in this province are in the process of a job action which could escalate to a strike. It IS important to inform people about our wages because they have no idea what we do or what we are worth. Nursing needs higher wages to attract new people into the proffession.
Yes, it DOES matter that I can't buy a house or a new car. I am not depressed about this or anything, but it does matter. I would like to have a big dog, maybe even some kids one day and I couldn't do that on my salary. I live on what I have and don't live beyond my means, but there isn't a lot left over for investments. I remember laughing when my mother suggested I put away "only" a few hundred a month. I complain because I am not happy with what I am being paid. I firmly believe employers will pay the minimum they can get away with and while I don't expect life to be perfectly fair, I expect a fair wage... Or my employer can expect my resignation.
Originally posted by hanginginthere:
I understand that we worth more than what we're getting. No doubt about that.
And it is certainly ok to feel that way. However, complaining about it isn't the way to get a better pay either. Does it matter if you will ever be able to buy a house or a new? Even though you should have been able to do all those things but since you can't why not make the best of what you have. Either way you look at life, it's not fair anyway. I'm sure you love your job and don't want to quit at this point. Consequently, why don't you try to invest the little that you have. Someday, you might be able to do all that. Don't expect your degree to do it all for you because there is a lot of other way out there to reach your goal.
Apr 26, '01Joined: Mar '00; Posts: 1,322; Likes: 297Originally posted by fulwood:
I am a secretary and earn $41K per year. Good company, great benefits but work is totally unchallenging and unrewarding. Wrapping up my all my prereqs and coreqs so I can sttart Nursing program in Jan '02.
It's not that I don't welcome you to nursing, but I've got to write that if I was where you are now, and was satisfied that I had a good balance between my professional and personal life, I would not disrupt that for the world. If you read this bb board, you'll find that many nurses are searching for that good balance of personal, professional living which includes a good income. Unfortunately, there are many that have given up trying.
It is vitally important to gain new knowledge, skills, and experiences, because you never know when you will need to fall back on them. But, in my neck of the woods, it is rare for a hospital bedside nurse to start out at $41K. In fact, those I know at the bedside making that amount have been with the same employer for a while and/or are on night shift.
We nurses don't get financially compensated near enough for all the responsibilities and accountabilities that we have and increasingly receive. Yet we keep getting asked or made to settle for less or we go along with the flow. It's not just simply about having the middle class lifestyle as outline in a previous topic of mine. It's about justice.
Apr 26, '01Joined: Jul '00; Posts: 11,351; Likes: 388You know what is always funny to me: in the news and on websites they always list the "average nurse's" salary as 40 000 a year, but they never mention that the average nurse is over 40 years old. New grads don't usually get that much.
Apr 27, '01Joined: Jul '00; Posts: 11,351; Likes: 388I am not satisfied with my pay because it doesn't reflect the amount of education I had to get or the responsibilities I have. It also doesn't compensate for the INSANE hours I work and the amount of work I have to fit into my shifts.
Here in BC the nurses wages go from 20-26$ an hour (canadian $ so the top wage is about 18$ american even after 30 years as a RN). I was making 22$ an hour at a public library. I got the job when I was in high school and stayed until I finished university. I worked 7.5 hour shifts. I got breaks. I had basically no responsibilities. God knows I wasn't going to ever get sued at the library! My friend works as a cashier at a liquor store and makes 18$ an hour. Care aides take a four month course and start at 19$ an hour. LPNs take a one year course and are making almost the same as RNs. I am not saying the care aides and LPNs don't deserve their wage, they DO!!! All I am saying is the level of education and responsibility for an RN is much higher and we should be paid for that.
I don't live beyond my means. I have a little townhouse (about 50K american) and my dog only weighs about 4 pounds so she isn't eating me out of house and home. But, I will never be able to buy a house or a new car, and with the work I am expected to do I bloody well should be able to.
PLEASE don't think I am an RN snob, the role of LPNs and care aides is very different here than in the US.