A Nurse's Lifestyle - page 4

Okay, so I'm new on these boards and I'm not going to pretend like I know all about nursing because I really don't. However, I am learning. I have learned from reading around, that nurses don't... Read More

  1. by   LT Dave
    Life Style;
    Time to brag! Since you asked her ya go; My wife and I are both ICU RNs and we maked around$160,000. together per year. I live in Florida on a lake, just put in a pool (paid for). Wife had a convertable 2002 Sebring. I have a '98 F150 and a boat. We travel outside the country one to two times a year. We take a 10 day vacation every other month....we have no kids :chuckle

    Its the choices you make in life which will deside how you live...nothing just happens, unless you are not paying attention.
  2. by   renerian
    Hubby and I are both nurses so we understand it is not a time limited job, lots of overtime or free time for me since I am salaried, and he understands it is a lifetime process and a holly encompassing job.

    renerian
  3. by   BittyBabyGrower
    DH and I make pretty much the same...he makes a tad more than me per hour, but I also only work 32 per week. I started out at $10/hr 18 years ago and make $17 more now. We vacation to Orlando twice a year, we have nice cars, a Harley, a nice house with a built in pool. We aren't struggling. Of course, we live with in our means too.

    My dad, who was a mechanic for Chrysler made way more money than me before he retired :chuckle
  4. by   teeituptom
    I do quite well for myself
    Nice house
    nice cars
    nice stock portfolio
    2 vacations a year
    play golf 52 weeks a year
    always update my computer yearly
    good health
    nice health club to work at
    just got some new golf clubs
    I have no complaints at all
  5. by   harley_fan
    I make about 24/hr.. and I've only been working as an RN for about 5 months. I think this is a pretty decent hourly wage, and the PTO adds up fast too. I also like the fact that I work 3 days a week. The scheduling is so incredibly flexible. We were able to build a house and furnish it with brand new furniture.. and I'm only 23! We both drive modest cars, and we both have harley's. I like that I am able to not penny pinch and cry to my parents for some money!
  6. by   angel337
    Quote from Nurse GOODNIGHT
    Wow! Had to respond. When I was a peon working for experience as a PCA(pt care assoc. =read CNA nurse assistant) a nurse a worked with bought a $30,000 truck and got into a disagreement with upper management. She quit on the spot. I got HIVES!!!! How could she quit with financial obligations. Yikes. Then I heard she was working the next day at the hosp across town. As a person with a 4 yr degree already not making much, I thought this sounded good. The flexiblity and xtra hours (I knew cath lab staff making $10,000 a yr in overtime alone) is cool. However, after deciding to go back, finish, I know it is right for me(professionally, personally, compassionate, caring and people had urged me for yrs-wish i had started younger). For all the aggavation and having to quite all sembelance of a regular life and job, I am SHOCKED!!! :uhoh21: at how little people start out in my area. No credit for BSN vs ADN unless moving into management. I will be fulfilled other ways but it seems to me nursing is quantity based. The whole idea to working is work shorter for more. In nursing it seems work longer, more hours, many places, or overtime for more. I couldn't believe the starting is $16.00/hr for BSNs in my area. I could make more at Wal-Mart. Anyway, I am compensated in more than money, but I hope I hold-up long enough to do as well as I initially thought I would. (Should've looked at salaries before I went back)
    i don't think you will make more at walmart, but i am also shocked that nurses are still getting paid $16/hr in 2004. what part of the country do you live? i don't know any new grads that started with less than $22/hr. where i work you get more money for a bsn staff nurse, but generally speaking all new grads will make the same thing regardless of their degree. the only difference is that you will have more options to apply for positions that ask for the degree (public health, various office positions, case management etc..). i'll stop there because lord knows i don't want to start another bsn argument. anyway, i assume that the cost of living in your area is pretty low, so that could be the reason.
  7. by   smk1
    Quote from LT Dave
    Life Style;
    Time to brag! Since you asked her ya go; My wife and I are both ICU RNs and we maked around$160,000. together per year. I live in Florida on a lake, just put in a pool (paid for). Wife had a convertable 2002 Sebring. I have a '98 F150 and a boat. We travel outside the country one to two times a year. We take a 10 day vacation every other month....we have no kids :chuckle

    Its the choices you make in life which will deside how you live...nothing just happens, unless you are not paying attention.

    Well la di da! no I'm just kidding! kudos to you guys for working hard for what you earn and taking the time to play!
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from angel337
    ......i am also shocked that nurses are still getting paid $16/hr in 2004. what part of the country do you live?
    My best friend is an RN in Kansas. She's been an RN for more than 20 years. She makes $16./hr agency, no bennies, doing home care peds, and up to $25./hr agency for hospital.
  9. by   LovePeaceJoy
    Quote from rnmaven
    I guess I fall into that category. In NJ, agency pays about $48 to $55 per hour. So if you do the math, we're grossing anywhere from $600 to $687 per shift. Do one extra shift per week and you'll get time and a half which will bring your income for the month to well over $10,000. But remember, this is agency......no work........no pay. So unless you're flexible you could end up with nothing. You have to be willing to change hospitals if one cancels you. You need to remember that if you're sick or taking a vacation.........no pay for you! (Well, we do get one week per year paid)

    I am a very experienced critical care nurse. But I'm no snob about it. I work med-surg, telemetry, critical care.........wherever the work is. That's the name of the game with agency if you really want to make some dollars.

    Oh, and I do believe that nursing is not about the dollars. However, ask your average dedicated physician if they don't care about the dollars and I'm sure you know the answer! HAH! And on an hourly basis, there are plenty of electricians, plumbers, etc. who make more than nurses........and they won't hold your hand if you're a patient in need of emotional support!
    I am a student, so please forgive me for my ignorance... How many hours does an agency normally require a person to work a week, or is it essentially what the nurse wants to pick up? Are the shifts usually 12 hours shifts? If you don't mind me asking, why did you decide to go into agency work? Do you find it more tolerable than working for one hospitable?
  10. by   nursedi
    Just wanted to say that, if the only reason a person becomes a nurse is for the money, then they should consider another career like, being an attorney or something. Don't misunderstand, I was prelaw before I changed to nurseing, so I guess I helped invent the concept of always wanting more. I just feel that you grow as a person, and you realize the most important thing about your career is that your are passionate about it , and that you help people along the way. I want to always be know as the nurse who went the extra mile, not the nurse who worked double shifts to pay the rent.

    nursedi
  11. by   teeituptom
    Quote from harley_fan
    I make about 24/hr.. and I've only been working as an RN for about 5 months. I think this is a pretty decent hourly wage, and the PTO adds up fast too. I also like the fact that I work 3 days a week. The scheduling is so incredibly flexible. We were able to build a house and furnish it with brand new furniture.. and I'm only 23! We both drive modest cars, and we both have harley's. I like that I am able to not penny pinch and cry to my parents for some money!


    I like my Harley
  12. by   RNPATL
    Quote from nursedi
    Just wanted to say that, if the only reason a person becomes a nurse is for the money, then they should consider another career like, being an attorney or something. Don't misunderstand, I was prelaw before I changed to nurseing, so I guess I helped invent the concept of always wanting more. I just feel that you grow as a person, and you realize the most important thing about your career is that your are passionate about it , and that you help people along the way. I want to always be know as the nurse who went the extra mile, not the nurse who worked double shifts to pay the rent.

    nursedi
    Over the years I have heard many nurses say "if you are in this for the money, then you have chosen the wrong profession." While I do agree that nursing has traditionally been a lower paying profession, I have always disagreed with the mind-set that nurses should not be paid more or for their worth. I have been a nurse for a long time and I do not think it is wrong for nurses to ask for and desire to be paid more. I have a family and deserve to make a livable wage.

    There are many people in this profession because it is a secure future. Nurses will always be employable. Is it wrong for people to join the ranks of nursing because they will have a secure future? Does that mean they care less than you or the next nurse? I don't think so. For me, I joined nursing because I knew it was a secure future for me. I knew I would not make a lot of money, but I expect to be paid a fair wage for the work that I do. I am also a very compassionate person. But my compassion to care for people does not out weigh my need to pay my bills and provide my kids with a decent quality of life or have the ability to send them to a decent college.

    It is interesting how nurses have always been placed in a position that if they want to earn more money than they are questioned about their commitment to the patient. I have never heard anyone say that about a physician or about other health care professionals. They receive a great wage for their contriubution to the care of the patient. No one questions their compassion. So, why, in this day and age, would we question the commitment of nurses that want to make a good wage?

    I am no longer a part of the school of thought that says nurses should have more compassion and less pay. My pay should equal my compassion. Trust me .... I will never be paid to the level of compassion that I have, but I refuse to step back and not ask for more money just because I am a nurse. Let's move on as a profession and demand what we are worth. We are educated professionals and should be paid a wage that is comserate with our education and experience.

    Ok - I am off my soap box about this now.
  13. by   RedBait
    But, you will be known as the nurse who could not spell nursing...I don't know...it might just be that I don't see where it is an absolute choice between going the extra mile and paying the rent. I have always aimed for both. What do you care how many shifts I work and how I spend the money? What does that have to do with the quality of care that I give my patients? And the lawyers that I know work hard for their clients, do pro bono work, lobby for just causes, and pay the rent.


    Quote from nursedi
    Just wanted to say that, if the only reason a person becomes a nurse is for the money, then they should consider another career like, being an attorney or something. Don't misunderstand, I was prelaw before I changed to nurseing, so I guess I helped invent the concept of always wanting more. I just feel that you grow as a person, and you realize the most important thing about your career is that your are passionate about it , and that you help people along the way. I want to always be know as the nurse who went the extra mile, not the nurse who worked double shifts to pay the rent.

    nursedi

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