Nursing is a highly paid profession.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse-attendant positions accounted for nearly one in every three full-time nursing positions in the United States.
In 2013, nurses made $47,500, while the typical US salary was $57,000.
Nurses are also the largest group of full- or part-time workers.
But while the number of nurses employed in the country is expected to grow to over 1.6 million by 2024, the vast majority of nurses work in low-wage, temporary, part- or full-hour jobs.
That’s not good news for the families of nurses.
“We are a family,” said Laila Jardine, a registered nurse who grew up in New York City and worked as a nurse in New Hampshire for a decade.
“You have two parents working on a full-timelike schedule and one child, and we all know that the child doesn’t have a day off to play with them.”
It’s not just the family that is impacted.
The health care system is also dependent on nurses, according to the National Nurses United, an advocacy group for nurses.
Nursing parents are required to work full- and part- time for the health care delivery system.
This can be a burden on the families and can also increase the costs of care for their children.
“There are a lot of people who have to work more hours than they would like to, and they are not compensated for that,” Jardina said.
“So when they have to be home for that weekend or the week, it is very hard on their families.”
It can also mean that a parent or caregiver can’t stay home to take care of a sick or injured child, or that they have a disability.
It’s also a challenge to support a parent and child who are working to keep their home and home-based jobs.
For a recent survey by the National Partnership for Women and Families, more than half of women said that they felt unsafe or worried about their children, compared to just 34 percent of men.
A third of nursing parents reported that their child had experienced domestic violence in the past year.
Many have experienced the loss of their home due to economic hardship or to the death of a family member.
“When you have two families, you’ve got to be able to afford both of those families,” said Jardin.
“The question is, is it worth it?”
As a member of the United Nurses of New England, Jardino has seen firsthand the impact of low pay.
She started her own organization in 2012, in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, to support the nurses who were caring for sick and injured nurses.
That effort helped spark a shift in the organization.
“It’s very important that we keep pushing back against these kinds of problems and we need to stop treating nurses like second-class citizens,” she said.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has also pushed back against low pay and other inequities.
In a statement, the organization stated, “The Nurses Union is an organization of nurses, and is the nation’s largest union of nurses and healthcare professionals.
As an organization, it has long worked to advance and support nurses who work in our community.
However, it also has to be clear that we cannot simply sit back and watch as the economy collapses.
The union is actively involved in helping to address the needs of nursing home residents and the broader workforce.”
“We have seen an increase in nurses’ compensation over the past few years,” said John Schlesinger, the ANA president.
“In 2016, we saw a total of $9.8 billion of compensation for nursing home and hospice care, which is more than double what we saw in 2017.”
It is also not just nurses who have been hit hard by the recession.
The number of new nursing home openings fell by 5 percent between 2014 and 2016, according a report from the Bureau for Labor Statistics.
That was largely due to the economic downturn, which has hit hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care workers hard.
“At this point, we don’t know what will happen in the future,” said Schlesingers.
“Our focus right now is to keep working hard to keep the nursing home industry healthy and provide care for the patients we serve.”
While some are focusing on the plight of nurses with low pay, many have also seen the positive effects of the recent election.
“One of the things that really hit home for us was the change in the political climate,” said Kristi Hulme, a nurse and mother of two who worked as an intern in Massachusetts for nine years.
“For the first time, I was in a position where I could have a job, which was really a huge blessing.”
Hulmes family is a nursing home, but she was also the caretaker of her young daughter,