Are you in Nursing for the Caring or the Cash?? Be Honest - page 16

hello i am currently in nursing school and the weirdest thing is how future nurses talk about how they are going to be getting paid!! it's as if caring is not involved in their frame of mind, this... Read More

  1. by   Curious1alwys
    Quote from Kanani_Ikike
    To be honest with you, I am now in nursing for the money. It didn't always used to be that way for me. When i first graduated from nursing school, I wanted to "save the world". I was going the be Florence Nightengale reincarnate and I was going to be a matyr when I died.

    Then reality hit me, and it hit me hard. I now loathe the working conditions that have plagued our profession. It is nearly impossible to be a nurse anymore. Now you just pray that no one dies during your shift and that you do not kill anyone due to having too much to do and no time to do it.

    So now, I look at it everyday like, "hey, you gotta work, might as well work as a nurse". The pay isn't great, but it isn't bad either. I make more than I would at Wal-Mart, but not enough to move up in life. And just enough to keep the bills at bay and food on the table. No money left for anything else, but a few leisure items and I thank God for everything.

    I feel that it is not worth the stress and wear and tear that it puts on the body. The patients seem more and more ungrateful and seem to hate you and are out to get you because everyone is so litigious. I hope and pray that I can start a new career. I'm still young and thank God that I have time to start fresh .
    I am seeing this already and I am not even out of school yet. Ugggh. Well, no matter what your age, there are always other options (for most of us)...
  2. by   JVanRN
    The "dough" for 'sho!
  3. by   SNRCM
    If you are in it for the cash then get out! Simple as that as far as I am concerned.
  4. by   xt1
    I'm going because I love Anatomy and Physiology. I love understanding how the human body works. The money aint bad, I like that what I'll be doing will help people but more than that I like the fact that I can continously learn and explore. I like the fact that when Im ready to move on to another specialty its not a problem. I guess I love the technical side of things. So... My desire to be a nurse would be Education, Money, Flexibility, and that rewarding feeling you get inside. Its not about one thing but about a combination of benefits. If I were to say that Im in it for "caring" I'd be lying because If it weren't as challenging or didn't pay my bills or didn't allow me to work when I wanted to or didn't make me want to continously ask why and then strive to find an answer. I'd probably find something else. One benefit alone doesn't make me want to be a nurse its the combination of things but mainly the science behind it.
  5. by   nuangel1
    both.
  6. by   emmycRN
    Nurses SHOULD expect to be paid well for the work they do just as other professionals expect to get paid for their contributions to society. In my opinion, the "nurses should only be in it for the personal rewards" attitude has perpetuated the current abuse of nurses by the healthcare system that many posters complain about. Nurses aren't maryrs, they are highly educated and knowledeable professionals who provide a vital service. Would you expect your lawyer or doctor to share your altuistic view of things, not billing for services because he/she cares so much about you?
    Last edit by emmycRN on Jan 22, '07
  7. by   junahoy
    Hai I would like to know about the duties of an RN in a Labour and Delivery unit. I am a newly graduated international nurse planning to work in the L&D .Who conducts delivery,the RN or the Doctor? Please give me a reply.
    Thank you
  8. by   junahoy
    Hai I would like to know about the duties of an RN in a Labour and Delivery unit. I am a newly graduated international nurse planning to work in the L&D .Who conducts delivery,the RN or the Doctor? Please give me a reply.
    Thank you
  9. by   lauralassie
    I'm in it for both. I'm not in it for the big pay because we all know we get paid ,O.K. but not a lot. I care for people but I need the pay as well. When I stared nursing many years ago I was probaly felt more caring than what I do now. Or maybe I could say, I was more nieve. I've grown in my career since then. It's kind of the same as being married for 26 years. I love my husband differently now. Some things about him also drive me more crazy than they used to. .....but I wouldn't give him up for the world. It's the same with nursing.
  10. by   burn out
    After close introspection I realize I am into nursing because of the control(I guess I am a control freak). What other job can you control someone elses pain, I can control their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, I can make them pee or not to pee, I can help them to live or I can do nothing and watch them die. Nursing is a very powerful job.
  11. by   DaveSVN
    Any job profession that promises great benefits, financial stability, and numerous opportunities is worth dedicating your life to and worth fighting to keep the job. Not to mention nursing is a noble profession aiding in patient recovery where you directly impact the health and lives of many, not too many jobs are as fullfilling as that.
  12. by   JVanRN
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    I'm in it for both...

    I care about my pts and its a huge part of my job choice as well as my personality, but I wouldn't do what I do (including the burden of the legal responsibilities) for $8 an hour...and I do feel nurses are STILL underpaid...

    However, I could make just as much money in other feilds besides nursing without having to put up with half of the things I do, so it's not as if I am doing it solely for the money either.

    I think it is so disrespectful to even ask this question...it's a loaded question with a preconceived bias based on what one's answer is
    Again...you said it better than I could...but yes this.
  13. by   jimthorp
    Quote from SNRCM
    If you are in it for the cash then get out! Simple as that as far as I am concerned.

    Do you accept a paycheck?

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