Nurse reveals staggering wages Australian health workers make treating Covid patients – that’s how she makes so much money
- Casual Registered Nurse posts her huge biweekly wages on TikTok
- AN Filipino mother of two, she made $24,420 before taxes, a fortune in her home country
- An 11.5-hour shift at a double-time Catholic retirement home earned her $978
A Filipino nurse has shown her staggering biweekly earnings treating Covid patients in Australia amid a chronic shortage of medical supplies.
The migrant mother of two posted her pay stub on TikTok, which revealed that she earned $24,420 gross from overtime and payroll taxes from just two weeks of work as an informal registered nurse in Sydney,
There is such a shortage of nurses in New South Wales hospitals that student dentists, podiatrists and speech therapists have been recruited to help nurses carry out various Covid-related care tasks.
In just one 11.5 hour shift, calculated on her double time rate of over $85 per hour, the nurse made a whopping $978.
A Filipino nurse has shown her staggering biweekly earnings to treat Covid patients in Australia during a chronic nurse shortage
A chronic shortage of nurses is causing staff to work long hours — and a payslip shared on TikTok showed the sheer number of hours a registered nurse worked in a fortnight. She made a huge $24,420 pre-tax for her hard work
After tax, the nurse was paid $12,582 and paid a whopping $8,600 in taxes.
Despite the heavy blow she received from the tax authorities, in a two-week period she earned what it would take the average Filipino yearly to earn nearly four years, based on that country’s average wage of $3,218 per year.
She posted the clip titled “My Australia biweekly paycheck for caring for Covid patients.”
Although it was not clear exactly how many hours the woman had worked in total, it turned out to be almost 200 hours in the 14 days.
The woman shared her pay stub on TikTok, which listed a huge number of hours worked with extra charges to compensate. She proudly showed her paycheck, but it’s likely the mother of two hasn’t seen much of her family over the course of the two weeks
The woman, who lives in Sydney with her husband and two young children, is an informal registered nurse at a Catholic hospital for the elderly.
She eventually removed the message from TikTok after it got a lot of attention and Daily Mail Australia chose not to identify her.
With the enormous mental and emotional toll of nurses currently working with Covid patients, and the physical demands of wearing full PPE, the pay seems fair.
Recently, an intensive care nurse who worked in one of Sydney’s worst hot spots said the virus is “tearing families apart” and taking a huge physical and emotional toll on health workers.
The emotional toll is enormous, but taking care of COVID patients is also a very physically demanding job, said Michelle Dowd, nurse manager at Liverpool Hospital.
“They need so much support and supervision and physical care. We’re in layers of PPE, sometimes for hours at a time,” she said.
A senior nurse manager said working with Covid patients takes a huge mental, physical and emotional toll on nurses
Health professionals are doing their best to help those who contract the virus, but the community must help them by getting vaccinated, Ms Dowd said.
“As your frontline health workers, help us keep patients out of the hospital,” she pleaded.
“By getting vaccinated, you’re not only protecting yourself, you’re also protecting your family, your friends, strangers…you’re helping us save lives.”