I have family and friends (they have all spent years specializing) who are doctors . My brother is trying to get into dental school and he will make much more than a hygenist but for the most part he's just looking in people's mouth after the job is done. But I see him sacrificing his personal life. He's spent the last three years studying 12-14 hours a day !! He's got a GPA of 4.1. I'm not bragging because I don't have that GPA and I never did loll !! I didn't want to make those sacrifices and I told my family from early on. Its true, they put in a lot of time and effort, and make sacrifices in their personal lives. I have seen it myself. Not everyone is willing to make those sacrifices and can do what they do.
They deserve the higher pay, but I do think that there needs to be more respect for nurses, and nurses should be paid more. I think doctors can still make a lot of money, and have the nurses be paid what they deserve. We are professionals as well, but many professionals make much more than us.
I don't think the question is why do doctors get paid more (thats quite obvious), I think the question should be, why do nurses not feel compensated for what they do. With increasing patient loads, and responsibility, and stress factors, nurses should get paid a lot more than they do. Another solution would be making for better working conditions (safe patient load, respect, educational oppertunities, good commadrie)
Thats just my little rant. Besides, I'm glad I'm in nursing and not in medicine, because I went into it to help people. I find a lot of doctors start seeing patients as dollars and thats no reason to be in the health field. Besides nurses who go on to do NP and masters can make more money. Nurse Anesth. can make over a hundred thousand dollars (maybe 200 000). I was discussing this with my nurse friend last night. We both agreed that we wouldn't want that responsibility. So with more education, there is more responsibility. Nurses are responsible for their part, thats our job, and doctors are responsible for their part, thats their job.