This is based on a SALARY SURVEY...which is total take home. So if a man were the full time and a woman the part time, and they both had the same exact pay, it would seem as if the pay disparity were almost 100% more for men(if PT were 20hr and FT 40hr). You wouldn't know because it would be based on an entire year, unless the hourly pay were shown somewhere in the survey.
Based on the survey 39% of the people on here should know basic statistics, assuming your BS required the class. ALL statistics can be manipulated to show what you want.
Every place that I've applied to and worked at use a metric for beginning pay that does not include your sex as part of the metric. Years Experience, certifications, licenses, credentials whatever get plugged into a spread sheet and it spits out your pay grade. Everyone with the same overall experience STARTS OUT the same. Whether you are a man or woman and you take leave for your family at some point you will fall behind co workers either in advancement or experience.
So even if myself and Sally started at the same point with the exact same pay and I chose to take leave for a foster child, then maybe my next review I only get a 3% raise while she stayed and received 5%. Lets also say Sally likes night shift, and I hate it so she gets a 5% differential except on weekends she gets 10%. At the end of a couple years of this happening it will appear that Sally has created a salary wage gap. We both started the same and on paper we have the exact same experience and credentials so who's the one creating this UNFAIR predicament?
I'm not arguing that there is a SALARY disparity. It's pretty obvious it doesn't take much to create one, even with the EXACT same ON PAPER "experience". Women don't have a lower minimum wage at McDonalds and in most facilities they don't have a different starting pay based on sex. It is what we as nurses accomplish after being hired and what we put in for work that will determine the gap.
I'm also wondering if there is a section of this survey that can be adjusted for geographical location. I know most of the Southeast has **** nursing pay while the Northeast and West pay great wages. If 80% of female nurses work in the Southeast while 90% of the male nurse population works in the other locations it would EASILY account for SALARY disparity.
I'd like to think we are an intelligent faction of the work force. While I realize some of our profession relies on emotion(empathy, sympathy, maybe apathy on occasion), subjects such as these require us to use our logic. The portion we used to pass A&P and Micro. There are easily 100's of ways pay disparities can occur, simply blaming society is lackadaisical.