Week Six Assignment, Labor Market Research
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Page One Nursing Wages in Texas Page Two The Health Care System of America relies heavily on nurses It could even be said that nurses are the backbone of this health care system One out of every four health care workers is a nurse In American hospitals the average patient will receive care and attention from nurses for 63 hours of their day Lovell Vicky PHD 2005 Quality care from these nurses greatly affects a patient s recovery and overall wellbeing Making sure that the American health care system maintains the appropriate number of nurses on staff is vital in order to provide exceptional patient care and ensure the best treatment and recoveries possible I chose to focus on the nurses wages in my home state of Texas Texas is a large state so I have collected the average nurse s wages from the five largest cities across Texas This average salary is based on an RN who has 5 years of nursing experience In Dallas Texas the average hourly wage for an RN is 2622 In San Antonio Texas the average hourly wage for an RN is 2468 In Houston Texas the average hourly wage for an RN is 2818 In El Paso Texas the average hourly wage for an RN is 2436 In Austin Texas the average hourly wage for an RN is 2626 This comes out to an average hourly wage of 2594 for the nurses who work in Texas For the country as a whole staff RNs working in the United States of America average a median base salary of 41642 Half of all US RN39s are expected to earn between 38792 and 44869 Compared to the United Kingdom nurses are making good money in here in the United States In the United Kingdom the starting salary for the equivalent of an RN is about 12200 a year which equates to after some currency converting and calculating about 1342 an hour A top quality RN may earn up to 1872 Page Three As the population increases the demand for nurses has become higher as health care needs have increased Some experts have argued that the cause of the nurse shortage is not the amount of available nurses but the inadequate wages and highly undesirable working conditions that have deterred wouldbe nurses from training in the nursing field These individuals would rather invest in a different career then work as a nurse Inadequate wages will undoubtedly produce an inadequate number of staff Another potential reason for the nurse shortage is the lack of capacity for nurse training programs A major factor in ensuring an adequate supply of new nurses is the limited capacity of current educational programs In 2001 5000 qualified applicants were rejected from baccalaureate programs because there were too few slots for them 37 Nurse training programs face the same recruitment problem for faculty as hospitals do for staff nurses unattractively low salaries Lovell Vicky PHD 2005 Yet another but not nearly as publicized reason for the nurse shortage may be the gender issues Nurses are primarily women and men may be weary to start a career in the nursing field because of their own preconceived gender stereotypes A survey suggests that nearly 86 of nurses are women Allied Physicians 2007 Nurse s wages are calculated based on a variety of different factors First is location where you live will dictate how much you will get paid in accordance to the cost of living A nurse will be paid higher in NYC verses say Kentucky Second is the nurses specialty a nurse who works in a regular medical surgical unit or a hospice care center will make less than an ICU nurse will It depends on what training you have There are many specialties in Page Four nursing all of which have varied levels of pay Third is the nurses experience a third year nurse will not be paid as much as a nurse with 20 years of experience And last but not least is the nurse s education level a nurse with a bachelors degree verses a nurse with an associates in nursing will make more money A nurse practitioner with a master s degree will make more compared to both of them This problem needs a solution and fast Higher wages better working conditions and union representation seem to be the obvious solutions to this growing problem Unionization would provide nurses with a collective agreement for fair treatment and wages legitimate legal protection and provide them with a strong backbone for support Also increasing the wages for nurse educators would enhance the number of nurse educators and solve the nurse training program shortages which would lead to more nurses who may have been turned down for training programs in the past when there weren t enough slots for them Page Five References Pay Scale 2008 Hourly Rate Survey Report for Job Registered Nurse RN Retrieved April 27th 2008 from http WWW payscalecomresearChUSJ obRe gisteredNurs eRNHourlyRate Lovell Vicky PHD Institute for Women s Policy Research 2005 Solving the Nursing Shortage Through Higher Wages Retrieved April 27th 2008 from httpWWWinror2DdfC363Ddf Texas Department of State Health Services Dec 2004 Hospital Nursing in Texas Retrieved April 27th 2008 from httpsWWWdshsstatetXuschsanSstaffreppdf Allied Physicians 2007 Nurse Salaries amp Nursing Salary Surveys Retrieved August 31 2008 from httpWWWalliedphysicianscomsalarysurveysnurse salarieshtm
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