New research shows that in America, registered nurses who are male earn nearly $11,000 more per year than those who are female. Only about half of that difference can be attributed to factors like education, work experience and clinical specialty, which leaves a $5,148 salary gap that is discriminatory towards women. Women constitute the majority of the nursing workforce, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, and this gender based pay difference is affecting approximately 2.5 million women and the families they support. Even with things like location, hours worked per week, years of experience and type of nursing degree accounted for, the discrepancy makes for interesting discussion. A healthcare economist said, “Any difference should reflect differences in experience and skill, and maybe cost of living, but not gender.”
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