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I really dont want to discourage anybody from going into nursing. I just want to know If Im the only person who is considering not doing nursing if the gov't goes through with universal health care. I was talking to my manager about this tonight at work and he was saying that Im probably not going to want to do nursing since nurses will make $9 or $10 an hour. I know nursing isnt about money, but that kind of money isnt worth going into nursing. You cant even live off that amount of money! Nurses now say they dont get paid enough for how hard they work and how much they have to put up with. Am I the only thats thinking like this?

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A lot has to happen before that comes to pass, and there's always going to be a supply/demand issue with health care.

It's not going to happen over night, if it happens at all.

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I dont know if he was just venting, I just hear a lot of people saying that RN's are going to be making that kind of money. My manager sounded like he knew what he was talking about.

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I doubt that RN salaries will ever get that low because nurses will simply leave the bedside and go work at places like Target or the local supermarket. Regardless of who is running the healthcare system the wages have to be attractive enough to make nurses stay in the profession. We might see a wage cut but if it gets too low then nurses will simply leave for jobs that pay the same but are less stressful.

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The idea that nursing salaries will decrease by ~300-500% in the near future would be laughable if it weren't so rooted in unhealthy paranoia.

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Consider what nurses make now in Australia, Canada, the UK, etc. It's way more than the equivalent of 9-10 US$/hour. I'm sorry, but I don't think your manager has any clue what he/she is talking about.

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Perhaps you misunderstood what your manager meant that definitely sounds more like a CNA wage then an RN wage. But if your manager really did mean RN when he said $9 - 10 per hour as an RN wage due to universal health care then that person is a moron. I'm sorry but these kind of faceless, empty predictions are what causes unneeded chaos and panic.

!Chris :specs:

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Coming from a country that has universal health care I can assure you the wages are comparable to the US.

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Consider what nurses make now in Australia, Canada, the UK, etc. It's way more than the equivalent of 9-10 US$/hour. I'm sorry, but I don't think your manager has any clue what he/she is talking about.

In addition we spend almost twice the percentage of our much larger GNP on health care in the US than they do tn other countries, I don't see nursing wages changing much with with a national health care system- if anything wages could go up-With hospitals devoting more resources to patient care and less to the managed care billing circus we may actually get back to striving to give the best care in the world- not just the most "cost effective" regardless of quality. When hospitals can be assured of payment for a patients care, don't have to spend 1/3 of thier operating budget in negotiating payment or coding treatments for a dozen different insurers them nursing assumes a much more critical role in health care.- We do the care and getting patients well faster with lower cost is what nursing care does best.

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