Paige - posted on 10/19/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )
Re: Nurses OT a concern (SP, Aug. 12). August should have been declared nurse-bashing month, with almost daily complaints in The StarPhoenix that registered nurses earn too much.
Being an RN with more than 40 years experience, I am concerned with such journalism that incites the public to criticize and disrespect those who've taken on the job to care for the sick.
It has taken me more than 33 years to double my salary from the days when my mother-in-law, who worked as a grocery bagger for a major chain, made only 13 cents an hour less than I did. Since then RNs have had to strike three times to achieve some parity with comparable male-dominated jobs such as firefighters and police officers, and government employees.
Now that RNs are finally making a decent wage, we're still being told we're not worth that much.
Many of us certainly do not condone the kind of hours put in by nurses who make $250,000 a year. No self-respecting and caring nurse should be jeopardizing patients or her/his own professional licence by working such insane hours.
I and many of my colleagues who will be retiring soon have a wealth of expertise that can be used to provide relief for overworked hospital staff on a casual basis, but the Saskatoon Health Region this year adopted a policy not to rehire retired nurses.
If the region has all the part-time and casual staff it needs, why are some nurses working hours that allow them to earn more than $250,000?
Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/today...
Do you agree with Sonia that people shouldn't be targeting the nurses but the health region?
Do you think nurses that can make $250K + are justified in working those hours? Or are they a potential health risk?
Not so much a debate, more looking for opinions.