About time someone come out and said this.
My sister has been a nurse for the last 40 years and never stops whinging about how "nurses are special" Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more.
Near the top of her profession now she earns from £80k to over £100k per year depending on lecture work etc.
Starting salary for Nurses is in line with that of Teachers, Police Officers, Fire Fighters etc.
The opportunities for progression is good too.
A lot of my family have been involved with the NHS including my wife and mother.
The image portrayed by the media, and nurses themselves, does not reflect reality in 99% of cases.
The image of brow mopping heroes/angels running in and out of emergency rooms and saving lives is not reality except for rare occasions.
Anyone who visits hospitals regularly and sees nurses in their normal environment will see normal folk trudging up and down corridors, processing out patients, or at desks doing paperwork etc.
Perfectly normal people, good, bad and indifferent like those found in any other work place.
Thanks for the salary clarification. Like police though, it's a difficult job, and not something I'd want to do. So I really appreciate the people who do it. I think they should be paid a decent salary. I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for that, and also get pay rises in line with inflation.
I tend to think that the NHS is clogged up with middle management, probably a lot of unnecessary roles. Just an impression I have though.
I have no problem whatsoever with paying the people on the front line, dealing with patients in difficult situations. They should be compensated well.