And another thing. I note that the authors of the study cited above have written: “...ensure that the recruitment of more male nurses does not further disadvantage female nurses”. They seem to think that recruitment levels for males and females is disadvantaging females at the very great imbalance we currently have. What? Male nurses are around TEN PERCENT of the nurse workforce. They seem to be implying that men should be kept out of the profession. Yes that's it folks, rig the game to guarantee the winner is the right one. Sounds a bit sexist to me.
Males are more assertive on average than females, less agreeable on average than females, are less sick on average than females, etc. That is why they climb the hierarchy faster. So men are not at a pay advantage; they are paid more on average due to their personal traits which get them ahead faster. If women want to get ahead more, then adopt behaviours which will do that. If you want to win a race, run faster!
Comment on: 'When will the value of specialist nurses be recognised by those who control NHS purse strings?'
Simple answer: NEVER.
Double the salary; then you will have people fighting each other for the jobs. Just like any other high paying gig.
For me, looking up a deep shaft from the coal face, events way up in the rarefied atmosphere of Whitehall mean little. So someone I've never heard of is the new CNO. So what? I just want to be able to get my job done without too much stress, and have enough salary from it to live decently. That ain't happened in my entire career. As for pride in nursing: I actually do not like telling people I am a nurse, in case they think i am a gullible mug.