Are you in Nursing for the Caring or the Cash?? Be Honest - page 17

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   Gromit
    Quote from SNRCM
    If you are in it for the cash then get out! Simple as that as far as I am concerned.
    If you are in it just to be a martyre, get out. For THEY are the ones that keep the pay down, and the conditions harsh. Those kinds of people feed on that crap. Unless we demand improvement, we will never get it!

    Sorry, but your divisiveness just won't serve anything. Think about it for just a few mins -if someone is really only doing this for the bread -I mean HONESTLY only doing it for that reason alone, they will likely burn out rather quickly or they won't be at the bedside for long (anyway). The pay just doesn't equal the realities of the job. Maybe if you worked on a floor where all you did was the equivalent of hotel-work (pass meds, write paperwork, no contact beyond that) I guess you could do it -but certainly not in the environments that most of us seem to work in.

    Personally, I have absolutely NO use for martyres, though. For exactly the reasons listed. Employers love them, because they thrive on misery. I love doing what I do, and I enjoy getting compensated for it too. Certainly there cant be anything wrong with that?
  2. by   hptogram
    I didn't get into this to get rich. That won't happen. I'm into it totally for my residents. Making them happy and comfortable compensates for the very low pay.
  3. by   CriticalCareLucy
    I would not be in nursing if it was for the money only. We are very UNDER paid for what we do and the responsiblities too! Yes, there is alway extra $$ out there for us to make extra/perks! But, my #1 passion is for the patient and there well being! That's the reward to me!
  4. by   burn out
    I think that nursing should be a separate charge on a patients bill..instead of getting paid by the hour we should get paid by the task. Then the public as well as ourselves would know our true worth. How much would someone pay to be put on a bedpan or cleaned and taken off, how much should an IV insertion cost. Doctors get paid by the procedures they do , why shouldn't nurses? I realize that as long as our jobs are tied to the hospitals then we will never be paid what we are truly worth nor know exactly what our value is. What if nurses functioned liked doctors and we were truly our own profession..not tied to to any institution.
  5. by   Mexarican
    Show me the moneeeeeeyyyyy! im in it for the money, and job flexibility. I'm not sure what branch of nursing im going to go in to.

    Peace,

    j
  6. by   bethin
    As a CNA who makes less than $10/hr I'm certainly not in it for the money. I'm going to school to be a RN but nurses are underpaid.

    If I wanted money I'd be a doctor, banker or lawyer.
  7. by   jenrninmi
    Quote from CriticalCareLucy
    I would not be in nursing if it was for the money only. We are very UNDER paid for what we do and the responsiblities too! Yes, there is alway extra $$ out there for us to make extra/perks! But, my #1 passion is for the patient and there well being! That's the reward to me!
    :yeahthat:
  8. by   Nascar nurse
    Quote from burn out
    I think that nursing should be a separate charge on a patients bill..instead of getting paid by the hour we should get paid by the task. Then the public as well as ourselves would know our true worth. How much would someone pay to be put on a bedpan or cleaned and taken off, how much should an IV insertion cost. Doctors get paid by the procedures they do , why shouldn't nurses? I realize that as long as our jobs are tied to the hospitals then we will never be paid what we are truly worth nor know exactly what our value is. What if nurses functioned liked doctors and we were truly our own profession..not tied to to any institution.
    Bedpan within 20 minutes of call light = $5
    Bedpan within 3 minutes of call light = $20
    Bringing non-essential "stuff" to family members (food/drink/blankets) = $50
    Getting the respect we deserve..... priceless

    (Just trying to be funny - don't anyone get all worked up)
  9. by   junahoy
    I love to care for the sick people, because that was my childhood ambition. I cant do it as a voluntary work because I need money to maintain our family.
  10. by   Soup Turtle
    We have a few RNs in the family and they have always encouraged me to become a nurse and told me I'd be much better off financially. I've always told them, "NO WAY!". I had no desire to be a nurse regardless of the pay. Now that I'm older and have experienced more, the profession really appeals to me. I am much more clear-headed than I was in my 20's and have a much greater ability to empathize.
  11. by   nurse_clown
    Quote from lisadlpn2brn
    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 type of mentality is not going to help the nursing shortage it's only going to aide it because as we know we do not get paid for our actual services, but this younger generation feel since it is a shortage this is the field to go and make some quick money, so i'm curious and please be honest what are you in it for, caring or cash?
    [font="comic sans ms"]you know, i wouldn't even listen to it. when i was a student, i thought i'd finish nursing school and work as a nurse while i was in medical school. i knew i was a caring individual. i also knew i had some brains to be a good nurse. but all that was just talk. i didn't have a clue what "true nursing" was in nursing school. how could i? i was just learning. i learned what nursing was when i actually became a nurse. nursing isn't all what they say it is in nursing school.

    can you believe this? on our unit, there's a huge debate over how to do "intake and output". we all learned it in nursing school. but somehow, the hospital policy has made it way more complicated than it has to be. or the palliative patient who needs someone to hold their hand but the reality is, the unit is short staffed d/t a sick call, and you have to hand out meds for two units instead of one. there's no time to hold hands. they didn't say that in nursing school!!!!

    so, i wouldn't listen to the future nurses talk. chalk it up to "inexperience." they'll learn soon enough. i wish i could say i was in it was for the cash. some people have jobs where they sit around and collect their paycheque. but that hasn't been my experience. it's a demanding but very rewarding job. you'll see.
  12. by   elby812
    I would have to say that I have chosen to go into nursing for both reasons and other reasons on top of those. I have been in college for the last 8 years or so. I've changed my major from biology (premed) to finance to hospitality to chemistry (premed). I worked full time, lived on my own and tried to keep up with a busy social life. Well then about 2 1/2 years ago I became pregnant. I had just moved back home and needed a good reliable source of income as quick as possible. Since I have very understanding parents (my mom was an LPN for 15 years), they have helped me and continue to help me while I get through nursing school.
    Anyways, sorry about the long story, but nursing just seemed like the logical thing for me to do. I love working with people, I have a science background, and the money is good.
    I understand about the people only in it for the money who don't realize the hard work it takes to become a nurse. I've seen quite a few of these people in my prereqs- "Do we have to know all the muscles? Why do we have learn all this?" Uh, duh!! Hopefully these people get weeded out before they have the opportunity to do any damage! :uhoh21:
  13. by   angel's RN
    :chuckle WHAT MONEY?!?!?!?
    If I wanted money, I sure as h--- wouldn't be in nursing. The only monitary benefit I have is a weekend premium, time-&-half for Saturday and Sunday. But if anyone actually tries to go into nursing "for the money", that person needs to change professions!! (Just my opinion) :angel2:'s RN

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