I have been a nurse for 8 years and worked in the financialy industry prior to that for 15 years. In all those years I have never done anything unethical or even questionably unethical. I feel strongly that integrity is the most important thing a person can develop in themselves. I love nursing and consider it a priviledge to care for people in their time of need.I say that to say this: . . . I have been in my current job for almost 1 year and love what I am doing (a small doctor's office). In a conversation with a co-worker in which she was telling me that she was looking for work elsewhere, I disclosed my pay rate. We are both Per Diem and were discussing the pros/cons of our jobs. We both made it clear that the conversation was confidential (I am a big stickler for that - I have NEVER broken confidence and expect the same from others). I told her my pay, thinking that she made more than me (she has been a nurse for 20 years) and that it might help her to feel better about her situation (i.e. if she knew that I was paid less). I don't recall her having a negative or postive reaction to what I told her. Well, almost 3 months later I get called in to my boss' office and am told that "SEVERAL" of the nurses said I told them my pay, AND now they are ALL wanting pay increases. "Why did you tell them what you make?", "Don't you know that is against policy?". . . I was shocked for two reasons: 1) I thought our conversation was confidential but she obviously broke confidence, and 2) I don't know why it did not occur to me that disclosing my pay was against policy - how ignorant was I???. In hindsight I cannot really explain why I thought it would help to tell her. I do remember that in the conversation I was not casual about the disclosure and had no other intention but to help - I really don't understand my lack of judgement. I really did not think I was doing anything "wrong". I could not even really explain the situation to my boss because I immediately realized the negative impact of my disclosure (why did this not occur to me then?????) and didn't even try to explain because I felt like it would just sound like me trying to make excuses - I broke policy, I read my employee handbook/policy manual and am soley responsible for the chaos that has been created and felt compelled to just own it - no back story, no excuses - there are none. Ashamed and embarrased, I am afraid that any prospect of advancement in the future is out of the question and that my job is now on the line. I am afraid that I have lost the respect of my boss and her supervisor (who originally hired me). I cannot stop thinking about this - day and night for the last week - and cry off and on when I think of it.Any advice/comments/impressions? Thanks (and sorry so long winded).