Regarding the article “Nurses speak out about gender pay gap” (Nurse.com/Article/Gender-Pay-Gap), I am a 68-year-old RN who works in home health as an IV specialist, and I am the highest paid employee at the agency — and have been since I started. But the reason is simple: I work more than anybody else, by far, because I choose to do so. We are per diem employees, but I always am willing to take virtually any patient the agency gets. I have only taken two sick days in the last 20 years.
My wife, who also is a nurse, would take maternity leave, would take the kids to the doctor when they were sick and had an average number of sick days. Therefore she would never earn as much as I do. I have not worked in a hospital in 30 years, but I don’t understand, with all of the emphasis on cost containment, how anyone could be paid more than another equally qualified nurse regardless of gender.
— Steven Morris, RN