Survey reveals gender pay disparities concern nurses: 5 takeaways

Concerns surrounding salary issues and gender disparities in the workplace are as present as ever among nursing school graduates, according to a recent survey conducted by educational and career services provider Kaplan.

Kaplan surveyed nearly 6,000 nursing school graduates for the survey. Highlighted below are five findings.

1. A majority (79 percent) of female nurses report that not earning the same amount as their male counterparts for the same amount of work is a concern.

2. Among male respondents, more than half (61 percent) sympathize with female nurses' equality of salary concerns. Thirty-nine percent say it's an issue that doesn't bother them.

3. Although many healthcare providers desire and need to hire more male nurses — who currently make up only one-tenth of the workforce — just 13 percent of the respondents said male nurses should be paid more.

4. Speaking about salary may be considered taboo, but 41 percent of nurses say they often discuss salary with one another.

5. Pay issues aside, approximately 68 percent of nurses say male and female nurses are treated equally in the workplace.



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