I'm happy with my pay, which nudges $50/hour when shift differenential is factored in. It's time and a half if called in off call, plus $4.00 per hour for weekend hours.
So yes, I am happy with that. HOWEVER, it's taken 31 years to get there and alas! I wanting to retire. My husband just retired so the last thing I want to say is, "oh, honey we can't do that. I have to work."
In addition, I think working conditions are abyssmal. We have a pretty strong union, but working conditions are hard to change. I think our administration sees us as property, to do with as they please, and I've even heard some say of Per Diem nurses (that would be me): "The per diems can do that (night shifts, holidays, etc.). That's what they're for."
To put that pay amount in perspective, I think I got $5.84 per hour when I first got out of nursing school in 1976. By 1992 or so, I was getting $24 per hour as a per diem nurse. All our per diems got the same thing, regardless of years of experience of area of expertise. We slowly got that changed and 7 years ago, the per diems went on our grid, (years of experience adjustments and annual adjustments, not based on hours worked.) That made a huge difference, and all of a sudden, I was making over $$40 an hour. Too bad it took nearly all my years to get that done. But I like to think that I've helped (I am on our union negotiating team) make it better for those who come after me.