Nurse salaries are the most talked about topic in nursing, and there are many reasons why: There are some nursing students who are making as much as $60,000 a year.
There are also nurses who are earning as little as $30,000.
And the average nurse salary is only $38,000 for all jobs.
However, there are a number of other reasons why nurses are getting paid so little, and it could be because of a number the National Association of Nursing Colleges and Universities (NASNU) says is the most important factor in nurses’ salaries.NASNu’s director of student affairs, Julie Schram, says one of the reasons nurses are so paid is because they are on the same schedule as other nursing students.
So the paychecks don’t have to be identical because of the scheduling.NASRU says nurses are on different schedules because they have to learn different ways of doing their jobs.
In other words, if a nurse is working on the weekend and not on the Monday morning, that’s going to affect their paychecks because the amount of time they have in between shifts won’t be the same as other students.NASLU says its trying to change that with the NASNU Salary Calculator.
The calculator asks if nurses need a break, whether they can make a profit and whether they would like to get paid more.
It asks if the average RN has an extra $15,000 in salary, a $50,000 increase if they work 40 hours per week and $30 and a $25,000 bump if they do 50 hours per work week.
It also asks if a full-time nurse can make as much money as a part-time RN.NASNLU says it has worked with other organizations to help educate nursing professionals about the importance of making sure nurses’ paychecks are consistent with other students’ and that the NASNLU Salary calculator is helping them do that.
It’s a good start.
We hope more of these discussions take place and we can see some of the positive changes that can be achieved.
If you’re interested in getting involved, you can find the NASLU Salary Calculation website on the NASRNU’s website.