Nursing Salaries: Who Deserves More?
A friend and colleague came for a visit recently, and as he read the newspaper, he commented on the fact that a baseball player had renewed his contract for several million dollars. My friend is good at math, and calculated that the ball player would get roughly $130,000.000 each time he got up to bat. I don't know a lot about baseball salaries (or math for that matter) but even my brain recognizes that as a bit excessive. We then began a spirited dialogue regarding this unbelievable salary...Who in the world deserves that kind of money!?!?
I felt really stupid, because my motto has always been that all salaries are negotiable. I never accepted the first salary I was offered when I applied for a job. Never. And if I was to discover that another nurse made more than me, I was glad, because that meant I could negotiate for more. We KNOW what we're worth, and yet we don't demand our worth. I don't understand why we aren't outraged that a ballplayer makes that kind of money, and we don't. I can save a life AND hit a baseball. That should make me worth more. And while I'm at it, I'll add police, firefighters/EMS, and teachers to the more deserving list.
Do you agree?