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Minimum wage for nurses!

Just curious, this question came up at work. How many of you would still be a nurse, or choose nursing, if it only paid minimum wage? :uhoh21:

~Crystal

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

I would, but I would grip about it! :rotfl:

UM Review RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Utilization Management.

Nope.

I might go to private duty, one case at a time.

But I'd also have to get a job that had good pay, benefits and retirement.

No way. I've got a family to support, couldn't afford to work for only minimum wage. That would be scary : 0. I do love nursing, and luckily it pays better.

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

I want to change my answer. Now that I think about it, no. I get nine an hour now as a certified medical assistant and I do not feel like that is enough. Even though I want to have a job that I like so much that I would be willing to do for free, I think when you are not paid for what you are worth you start to feel taken for granted and that can feel horrible, I know I feel like that at work some times. Plus, it would not be worth it to me to work minn wage, thats why I went back to college! :D

jeepgirl, LPN, NP

Specializes in Pediatrics, Nursing Education. Has 4 years experience.

No way, no how! Why would I want all the responsiblity associated with being a nurse, not to mention the stress, when I could work a stress free job at McDonalds? That would be just stupid... even for people that love nursing. I mean, seriously... would I take a harder job for less money? No way. Would I take a harder job for no more money if I could work a simple, stress free job? Nope!!!

Mississippi_RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, OB/GYN, L/D, NBN.

I agree with the majority...I love nursing, I love helping people and making an impact on people's lives but come on... Who would do the things nurses do, have the responsibility they have and be responsible for the lives that they are for the same amount of pay that a cashier at Walmart who only has to scan merchandise is responsible for? Nurses getting paid less would not make them any less liable for the things that they do.

SanFranSRNA

Specializes in CIC, CVICU, MSICU, NeuroICU. Has 5 years experience.

Hmmm very interesting.......

Fastfood worker do it for 5.75 dollars per hour

Someone who is actually saving your life?.....

Priceless

Just curious, this question came up at work. How many of you would still be a nurse, or choose nursing, if it only paid minimum wage? :uhoh21:

~Crystal

not a nurse yet, but as a student, I can definitely tell you that i would not be spending 4 years, and around 12-15k to get an associates degree (not to mention my bachelors work), to be paid minimum wage. :devil: Who ever is thinking this might work better think again! :rotfl:

TRINI_RN

Specializes in Labor and Delivery. Has 3 years experience.

SMK1 that is Exactly what I was thinking. Grocery stores pay minimum wage, and you don't have to struggle through years of pre-reqs.

Just curious, this question came up at work. How many of you would still be a nurse, or choose nursing, if it only paid minimum wage? :uhoh21:

~Crystal

depending on what kind of nursing...

not!! lol

The other poster had a good point about all the pre-reqs, not to mention the intense load in just nursing classes...and my family has had to sacrafice a lot in order for me to become a nurse. Just wouldn't be worth it...if you look at the big picture. Reality speaks pretty loud and kids are expensive to raise.

~J

Nope! I LOVE nursing, but I have a family to support! However, if I was self employed and doing VERY well for myself, I might volunteer (kinda like a Candy Striper) just to keep on what I enjoy doing...... Just my two-cents worth.

Ty

ZASHAGALKA, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 15 years experience.

Why do you think there are so many men in nursing as opposed to before?

In nursing school, I remember seeing an article that the ave RN salary in 1978 was 8,000.

That's why men weren't in nursing - men are traditionally expected to earn wages that support a family. Now that nursing pays a living salary, there are men in nursing. Surprise!

I used to have this HR director that would always shake her head just so, tsk tsk, and say 'I just don't understand nurses that are in it for the money.'

I'm in it for the money.

But that doesn't mean I'm not darn good at my job, technically masterful and emotionally plugged in.

If money was the only reason why I was in nursing, I would find something that pays more sitting at a desk with less stress.

But I'm in it for the money. I'm worth it, and more.

If nursing only paid minimum wage, then johnny drop-out from h.s. would be pulling your cardiac cath sheaths. . .

~faith,

Timothy.

I want to change my answer. Now that I think about it, no. I get nine an hour now as a certified medical assistant and I do not feel like that is enough. Even though I want to have a job that I like so much that I would be willing to do for free, I think when you are not paid for what you are worth you start to feel taken for granted and that can feel horrible, I know I feel like that at work some times. Plus, it would not be worth it to me to work minn wage, thats why I went back to college! :D

I actually started out in the nursing field as a nursing assistant making minimum wage--which was around $2.85/hour in 1985. (Give or take .15, I just remember that I was making the bare minimum.) At that time, I was working for a private nursing home--which became notorious for 'docking' pay for what they concidered 'errant' clock ins or outs. If we clocked in a minute late--or clocked out a minute early, we were docked 15 minutes. It was the expectation that all employees clock in and out ON THE DOT--there were no grace periods. Believe it or not, the largest paycheck I recieved from that facility came a year after I'd found employment elsewhere... It was a check compensating me for the time they'd deducted from my paycheck over the years--interest included.

Just curious, this question came up at work. How many of you would still be a nurse, or choose nursing, if it only paid minimum wage? :uhoh21:

~Crystal

I have four children... three of them are taking ballet lessons and the other wants to take clarinet lessons. My oldest is a very promising student and studies ballet no less than five days a week... she will be going to ballet auditions for summer intensives and university dance programs soon. The other two will be taking three classes a week each, and with Nutcracker auditions coming up... we will be living at the studio! (Not something a parent can do on a minimum wage job, lol...)

With all of the prerequisites and nursing courses that I had to take for my BSN, the cost of malpractice insurance, and the desire to give my babies the best opportunities to grow and develop... I definitely have to say that I am in it for the money.

Count me out if nursing ever becomes minimum wage.

bluesky, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ER. Has 4 years experience.

Nope! I LOVE nursing, but I have a family to support! However, if I was self employed and doing VERY well for myself, I might volunteer (kinda like a Candy Striper) just to keep on what I enjoy doing...... Just my two-cents worth.

Ty

Yup, me too. My full-time job would have to bring in the $$$ but I would definitely do some kind of volunteer work.

While I'm certianly not going into nursing for the money, I would never have chosen nursing if it only paid minimum wage. The cost of living out here is outrageous!

I would not do what we do for minimum wage.

HappyNurse2005, RN

Specializes in LDRP.

As much as I like my work, no way would I do it for minimum wage. First of all, I'd be insulted that the powers that be seem to think that my work is only worth 5.15 an hour. Plus, I have a hubby and 3 kids, I can't afford to make only minimum wage.

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