To be perfectly frank, compassion does not pay the rent, gratitude will not fill the fridge with food, and caring will not prevent the PHCN from being disconnected for lack of timely payment. The truth is that we all need appropriate compensation for the vital services that we render, so I wonder about the occasional person who states, “I love nursing so much that I’d do it for free!” I challenge these people to resign from their paying jobs and volunteer their nursing services for free for the remainder of their working years. Only the well-off can pull it off for an extended time.
With that having been said, informal salary surveys can be worth their weight in gold. This salary survey response will benefits nurses particularly in private hospitals because it gleans valuable information:
It makes us more aware of the average rates of pay for each state in the country.
It enables us to be reasonable when pursuing a fair pay rate from a potential employer.
It takes other factors into account, such as geographic variances and differences in specialties.
It regards the fact that salaries can be a tricky topic – some employees would never even dream of disclosing their pay to colleagues, and many organizations have policies in place that prohibit open discussion of wages. In other words, salary can be a very touchy subject.
If you wish to participate in the informal salary survey for 2015, please list the information in the following order:
- 1. Your State
2. Monthly Pay
3. In which area / specialty do you work? DO NOT MENTION HOSPITAL NAME/FACILITY
4. What type of degree and/or certification do you have?
7. How many years of experience do you have?
8. Are you full-time, part-time?
9. What shift do you work?
And if you do not want to provide any salary information, that’s perfectly fine, too. Thanks!