Quote from brian
It's often said that people take up nursing because of the money. Is this true?
Why did you take up nursing? Family? Money? Love helping people?
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Said by who? LOL
A reliable job, maybe. Steady income, yeah. Potential for growth? Of course.
Money? I don't see it.
Maybe, those who say such things came from poor beginnings?
Nursing means a very comfortable living. That's it. I own my car and save much. So, I can go far on $60,000+ year (median. I know plenty who earn more where I live. Some have the years of exp to command such salaries. Others work multiple jobs to pull it in)
Anyway, if it were all about money for me? I'd still be in xray/CT. I earned MORE than I will as a nurse (at least for a good 5-10 years)...with none of the hard work. I know that I say this over and over again, but, coming from radiology land to nursing...and seeing how lowly CNAs are paid?
It's ridiculous. Mindblowing. I run around like a chicken w/my neck cut off for my 20 - count them, 20 - patients (half of which are total assist). Bathing, wiping, consoling, brushing hair/teeth, dressing, comforting, feeding, lifting, carrying, etc...for 16 hrs.
And I do it all for $9.50/hr.
I'm not complaining as I chose to do this for more exp. I'm happy to do what I do b/c there's honor in it, to me. Sometimes, I look at them as they are and my heart grows very full. I'm not one of those 'touchy-feely' persons. It's just that we're in charge of taking care of the nation's helpless/defenseless: Our elders. If we didn't do it, who would? Where would these people end up?
So, not complaining - just saying.
You know how much I earned doing xray/ct and the sort of work it entails...compared with CNA work?
Well, I work psych/geri. I'll graduate from nurisng school in a blink of an eye. I've been doing aide work for a little over a year.
In my short time on the nursing side of the medical field, I've been pooped on, poohed on, peed on. I've dealt with snot, mucus, blood, strange vaginal secretions and strange GI secretions. I think the word, "Ugh...", just about says it all.
I've been cursed at, 'swung on', kicked at....
I've practically broken my neck trying to catch a pt from falling. I've practically saved a nurse from having a pt in a wheelchair (don't even ask) topple on her more than a few times. Once, she fell anyway.
Thankfully? I've reflexes like a wiley little squirrel (LOL) and, apparently, my time as a CNA -- where I practically 'bench-press' the elderly and power-lift 300 lb-ers -- has given me 'chimp-strength'. I'll tell you something else: I don't think it's gonna get any better once I get those letters behind my name. LOL
Because right now? I'm dealing with GERIATRICS! A rowdy bunch. I'm not even dealing with 'everyone else'. LOL
But, I try to see the bright side. I'll have a huge pt load. 30-40 patients, I think? Although, this could be a good thing. I'll easily become a pro at time-management and prioritization. The pt ratio doesn't feel safe, but...this seems to be the way of things. Everywhere.
I'll also get exp with geri and psych. That's 2 birds; 1 stone (and I think psych exp is important for all. There are undiagnosed individuals running all over the place. Plus, it really helps your communication skills).
Anyway, my point is: Nursing...for the money? Pfft. I could've chosen another career and ended up less stressed while earning way more for my trouble.
So, I'm in nursing, because I want my life's work to mean something. I like to help. I'm just plain drawn to the 'Helping Professions'. I'm always down to serve a 'cause'.
Nursing is a very respectable profession. They do noble work.
I think there's a huge differentiation between those who are solely in nursing for the money and those simply looking to be well-compensated for doing what they love.
Nothng wrong with the latter.
I'm practical. Nurses have to eat and pay their student loans. It seems that nurse wages are among the fastest-growing, I've read. This is a good thing. For the amt of work tossed on your shoulders, they (and soon 'I') DESERVE a competitive salary. We deserve recognition.
Yes, a plaque and some praise and yet another survey detailing how nurses are seen as the bestest people in any career ever, so says the public, is nice.
However, I prefer my recognition in the form of American 'green-backs'. Thanks in advance!
Actually, there's nothing wrong the former. Doing a job solely for the money, I mean. This isn't 'investment banking', though. Such an attitude really doesn't make sense in our line of work.
In fact, individuals w/attitudes like 'that' usually make for some rather sh...ty healthcare professionals. I know what I've seen.
Now, I'm not talking about 'burnout'. Happens to the best of us. Also, I've enough sense to know that I won't 'whistle' while I work, every single day of my nurse career. LOL
I don't say that you have to be some bleeding heart.
I'm talking about motivation. That thing that makes you want to get up and go to work everyday. Can't be all about money.
To be in healthcare - any aspect of it, but especially, direct patient care - it's gotta be about more. To be in healthcare, you gotta give a d*mn.
If you don't? You don't need to be working in anyone's med facility, imo.
Go be an accountant or a stock broker or something...and stay the hell away from the patients, please. LOL
IMO, if you're in nursing entirely for the money (and there are PLENTY flying into nursing these days for that exact reason, ALONE. Trust me. It's a shame. Our schools do their best to weed these types out.)? It'll never be enough.
You won't last or, maybe you will.
Just won't be happy.