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Nursing Salaries: Who Deserves More?

Published April 17, 2013 11:03 AM by Pat Veitenthal

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!?!?

Yeah. Duh...

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?

posted by Pat Veitenthal

3 comments

Totally agree with you

kate, cardiology - rn, hospital July 29, 2013 12:05 PM
bronx NY

I totally agree with you. There is need for nurses to start negotiating for a better pay, not because we want to be cruel but because we know our worth. We probably need more males in this profession in order to drive the negotiation power.

Seun, Nursing May 4, 2013 9:59 AM
Philadelphia PA

You might want to check out the disparity in your town betwee nurses' salaries and traditionally male worker'salaries.  In Denver years ago it was discovered that tree trimmers got paid more than nurses.   More recently in another town, garbage collectors get more money.  These are jobs that don't require a high school education and don't have peoples' lives in their hands.

Kathy Runde May 4, 2013 9:12 AM

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    Pat Veitenthal, BSN, RN
    Occupation: Per diem nursing supervisor and cruise ship nurse
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