Are you in Nursing for the Caring or the Cash?? Be Honest - page 4

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   Drysolong
    Quote from lizz
    Uh ... Cash. :chuckle

    Actually, it would be nice to have a job where I wouldn't have to worry about getting laid off all the time.

    And, I'm a member of the older generation (43 years old), which is why I'm going back to school to become a nurse. Pink slips get kinda old after awhile.

    I am 53 years old and I've chosen Nursing as my next career for basically the same reason that you mentioned. However, I feel I am going to love nursing because I like working directly with people and helping them to feel better psychologically and physically.
  2. by   movealong
    Both. I went into nursing because I thought I could be good at it, and liked people and I have a caring attitude. But I was also very aware that nursing would allow me to be employable almost anywhere at any time.

    I was raised with a very strong work ethic. I always felt I was a hard worker. As an independent woman, I wanted to be able to provide for myself. And nursing has allowed me to that.
  3. by   nyydreamer
    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?
    it's a funny thing - i went into nursing for the job security and the money - it wasn't that i didn't have caring for the patients but caring for my kids was more important, i.e. supporing them - but then an even funnier thing happened along the way - the caring aspect kicked in and i can honestly say i have a deep caring and empathy for my patients, mostly poor, innercity people who turn to us as their "private doctory" and also as their last resort - i also do home health on the side and at an inservice yesterday, the owner refers to nursing as "a calling" and i think he's right - alot of people go into nursing but if that deeper calling isn't there, they'll only last a year or two - the rest of us hang on even through poor working conditions, salaries that definitely below what we deserve and sometimes uncaring managers - fortunately our current manager is awesome but that wasn't always the case - anyway, the whole point is this: nursing is a calling and people the world over should give thanks that some of us have heeded that calling.
  4. by   mother/babyRN
    What cash??????If you are in nursing, you are definitely NOT in it for the cash.....A plumber makes more than experienced nurses. For the skill, time, patient load, knowledge, grief and time spent, even the high end of the pay scale is pittance compared to most professions. I am not ungrateful but simply honest...
  5. by   mother/babyRN
    Ya know, a lot of docs and lawyers went into it for the money AND because they liked the field..Why can't a nurse want to do both just like any other profession? You can still care and collect money and sleep at night. I think the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive...
  6. by   BBFRN
    Quote from nyydreamer
    It's a funny thing - I went into nursing for the job security and the money - it wasn't that I didn't have caring for the patients but caring for my kids was more important, i.e. supporing them - but then an even funnier thing happened along the way - the caring aspect kicked in...
    Yes- I think it's being forgotten that this has happened to a lot of us. I know being a nurse has changed me as a person and has allowed me to grow. Being around others who have bigger problems than you can really put your own life into perspective, and one can learn a great deal about tolerance, caring, empathy, etc. in this field. Just because someone's initial reason for going into the field might be a decent paycheck, it doesn't mean they'll be impervious to these experiences once they're exposed to them.
  7. by   nycegyrl
    Quote:And, I'm a member of the older generation (43 years old), which is why I'm going back to school to become a nurse. Pink slips get kinda old after awhile. End quote

    I hear ya. I too am 43 and tired of pink slip, yellow slips. You name it. I need something I can rely on. If I am going to throw myself into a job 100% I want to be able to make a living.
  8. by   CseMgr1
    When I first went into nursing some 34 + years ago, I couldn't believe how much fun it was! Now it's a J-O-B, not only because I am 34 years older....but also because the business of healthcare has become so cutthroat and impersonal, living and dying by the bottom line.
  9. by   Sheri257
    Why do nurses often say it's bad if students are going into nursing for the money, when nurses are in it for the money too.

    I don't care what they say, actions speak louder than words. Higher paying nursing positions are almost always filled more than lower paying positions. This has been widely reported in the news. Also, half the nurses in my area commute elsewhere (at great inconvenience, btw) for bigger paychecks, even though there are plenty of jobs close by.

    When nurses complain about money, I don't see anyone telling them they're less compassionate or caring just because they want bigger paychecks. Why is this different for students? It's not.

    I wonder how those nurses would feel if, every time they complained about salaries (and they do, a lot), we said they were less compassionate or less caring, just because they want more money.

    Nurses need to give students a break on this issue. Because, really, they're hypocrites. Everybody, including nurses and students, wants more money. And there's nothing wrong with that. It doesn't mean you are, or are going to be, a bad nurse.

    :angryfire
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Jun 20, '04
  10. by   Kandee Roses
    I am definitely in it for the caring. The money isn't bad either, but I worked as a CNA for 10 years. You know I love the pay increase. I've always wanted to be a nurse. I went into nursing for the love of taking care of people. It's what motivates me. Some of the people I graduated school with talked about how much this place was giving nurses an hour or that place, but I stayed in the same place I was a CNA for so long. I love that I get to take care of my residents in a different aspect then I did when I was an aide. I feel I am making more of a difference in their lives. I wouldn't be anywhere else on this earth. I feel I am where I am suppose to be.
  11. by   meownsmile
    Although i love what i do, and even through the complaining and griping i still wouldnt be doing anything else, i must admit when i first went into nursing it was through job retraining and all i wanted was a job that i wouldnt ever be laid off of again. Been there done that and dont want to do it again.
    I learned a lot about myself when I went through the program, got my RN and feel i am a very comassionate and caring nurse. Now I find myself supervising people who were actually my superiors where i used to work. Plant closing and they got axed too. Go figure!
    Do i need to throw out the "what goes around comes around" addage, NO. It goes without saying, they are the ones who are uncomfortable about me being their boss now, not that i let that affect my work at all. They are treated just like any other people that work with me on a team. If they work with me, we dont have a problem. If they choose to let it interfere with their work, thats their problem. Just goes to show you, you never know where you'll be in 15 years huh?
  12. by   kathi yudin
    Quote from EmeraldNYL
    When I was in school I constantly talked about how I couldn't wait to get a paycheck. Probably because I was totally in debt, driving a 15 year old car, and couldn't afford to do nice things for myself. Having a paycheck is NICE (I bought a brand new car by the way!) but the money in nursing is not THAT great for what we do. Therefore, if people just go into nursing for the money only, they will not last long. But money is necessary to live, and it's nice to get compensated for what we do. It is important-- I like knowing that I have a steady, reliable source of income.
    When I was in nursing school, back in the dark ages, there was not a nursing shortage. I was, I believe, part of the generation that wanted to help and truly cared about the patient, and wanted to make a difference. Getting a job was difficult unless one had experience which, we know, you couldn't get, unless someone gave us the opportunity. Salaries were $5-7/hr.!!! Today, a new grad as an LVN at my facility makes $18/hr!!.. a new RN with no experience, over $20/hr.. The exact amount I am unsure of since I have no new RN grads that want to work!! But, that is another article. Nursing, right now, is a very secure job. I am finding, unfortunately, that those going into it for the love of what they do is few and far between. Instead, it is becoming a field of where they can get the most money. Nurses can leave one facility, or acute hospital, with no job, go down the road and get one making more money. This artificially inflates salaries, and makes it more difficult to maintain nurses. So, while I went into nursing for the love of it, and continue to do so, I do not believe that the young men and women entering the field today, have the same reason's for it. My belief is and has been that nursing is not an area one can get rich in, yet, it continues to treat one well. You can leave the field, and come back years later, and make a decent enough salary without having to do much studying to get back into it. I would love to see a change and see nurses that actually have loyalty to where they work, and are in it for a love and desire to help rather then see where they can get the most money.
  13. by   smk1
    unless you are volunteering your services free of charge, you are in some way "in it for the money." THere is absolutely nothing wrong with that as long as you do your job and do it well. It is a profession a career a job or whatever you want to call it but the bottom line is that it is a means to support yourself and your family so to some degree we are all in it for financial reasons as are every other person who works and uses a paycheck for themselves.

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