I would LOOOVE to know who these RN's are?! I have quite a few RN friends who work here in San Francisco and in Oakland too. We have talked about salaries and for a private hospital, a new grad may make $47 an hour, but that isn't going to equate to $136k a year. I know trauma NP's who aren't even pulling that much per year. The numbers are skewed and THAT is the truth.
I'm not sure if you're living in a bubble of "fantasy" here. How in the heck do you think nurses and especially so here in CA have paved the way for themselves in regards to nurse to patient ratios, higher pay and fair working conditions? You really think it came from negotiations? I'm sorry, but in the real world, it doesn't work like that. Yes. Ideally, it is a better idea. But most of the time, nurses voices are ignored.