Raising minimum wage ..RN Salaries increase?

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I am trying to wrap my head around ,raising the minimum wage /nursing salaries .In my area CNA 11/hour ,Lpn 17/hour,Rn 25hour .

Recently they mandate RNs to have a 4 year degree ,which costs between 40-200 k.

If minimum wage increases to 15 hr ..this would force an increase..How can you pay McDonald's workers more ..when CNA's are

doing backbreaking work ,nightshift ,leaving thier families on weakends and holidays ? This would force a increase all the way up .I do worry though ..that this will make staffing short /and healthcare insurance prices to rise .

Emergent, RN

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This is the essential argument against having such a high minimum wage for unskilled work. It would take away the incentive for anyone to make the effort to become educated in a more specialized field. Therefore, the wages need to go up for everyone.

When that happens, inflation occurs and the cost of buying goods and services increases. That takes away the spending power of those who are making $15 an hour and brings them back to where they were.

Has 21 years experience.

Higher minimum wages equal less jobs available. $15/hr for McDonald's equals a touchscreen to place your order and that burger is going to cost a lot more. Anyone for a $15 value meal?

RNperdiem, RN

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Has 14 years experience.

A lot depends on the job market.

If it is an employers market, people are thankful just to have a job and employers can be in a position to take advantage of this.

ThePrincessBride, MSN, RN, NP

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Where I am from, new RNs make about 23-24/hr. For years of education, tons of responsibility and headaches, RNs should be making WAY more than that. And CNAs and LPNs are also underpaid, especially CNAs. My bf and I were talking about this. Aldi's starts off at around 12-13/hr but nursing assistants start at 9-11/hr.

That is so wrong on so many levels.

Sour Lemon

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Has 13 years experience.

Is there anybody in the world, in any line of work, that doesn't feel that they're underpaid?

Emergent, RN

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Is there anybody in the world, in any line of work, that doesn't feel that they're underpaid?

I'm very satisfied with my pay.

Sour Lemon

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Has 13 years experience.
I'm very satisfied with my pay.

Me too. I guess it's easy to see the grass as greener elsewhere, but if elsewhere was such I dream, I would have done that, instead.

Specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab. Has 6 years experience.
A lot depends on the job market.

If it is an employers market, people are thankful just to have a job and employers can be in a position to take advantage of this.

so pretty much every market?

Julius Seizure

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Recently they mandate RNs to have a 4 year degree ,which costs between 40-200 k.

200k? :eek:

Emergent, RN

2 Articles; 4,078 Posts

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.
200k? :eek:

Probably if you go to an Ivy League school.

Julius Seizure

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Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care.
Probably if you go to an Ivy League school.

You better come out of there being some kind of super-nurse!