Are you in Nursing for the Caring or the Cash?? Be Honest - page 5

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   Destinystar
    do people enter medical school or law school or construction for the money????????you bet they do. our services are just as valuable as the ones i mentioned above and there is nothing wrong with expecting to be paid for what we do. when is the last time an md, attorney, cpa, construction worker, etc. donated their time to you????????? all the time that we donate turns into big profits for those who bought the healthcare facilities to make money. we are not donating our time we are professionals. and the definition of a professional is someone who gets paid.yes i did go to school to do something i love but i also feel that i deserve to get paid for my education and time. if i am going to donate my time to people i really care about i will spend it with those in my life who deserve it the most my children.
  2. by   uk_nurse
    i dont think many nurses are in it for the cash..........pay is dreadful especially here in the UK. It is most definately not easy money i asure you.
  3. by   Daddoo1
    Weird how the younger (I call them the me generation) think, isn't it. I am a 47 year old male GPN (graduate practical nurse) waiting to take my NCLEX and I am totally in to the people I am caring for at this time. My residents keep asking me if I am going to leave them when I pass my boards and I keep telling them that I will leave when everyone who is living there that likes me is gone. That makes them all smile. I love taking care of my residents and am frequently getting into trouble with the facility administrater because I tell her when I think something needs to be done to make the residents home better for them.
  4. by   smk1
    Quote from Daddoo1
    Weird how the younger (I call them the me generation) think, isn't it. I am a 47 year old male GPN (graduate practical nurse) waiting to take my NCLEX and I am totally in to the people I am caring for at this time. My residents keep asking me if I am going to leave them when I pass my boards and I keep telling them that I will leave when everyone who is living there that likes me is gone. That makes them all smile. I love taking care of my residents and am frequently getting into trouble with the facility administrater because I tell her when I think something needs to be done to make the residents home better for them.
    i think it is great that you feel the desire to spend time with your residents and make their home a better place. You are probably an awesome gpn. However unless you are strictly volunteering your time and not being paid for your services, then to some degree you are doing it for the money. There is nothing wrong with this as most people HAVE to make money to live. So the way i look at it is: I have to make money (I'm not an heiress), I might as well find a job helping people because that is something that i care about, so nursing seems like a good fit, flexible hours, decent money to care for my primary responsibilities (kids and family), and i can help people. But you know what if i didn't have to work, i wouldn't. I would probably volunteer my time 1 or 2 days per week in different areas one of which may be a nursing facility, but i sure wouldn't spend 40-50 hours a week exhausting myself there for free. I would rather spend the bulk of my time with my family, to some i guess that makes me a mercenary, that's ok at least i know the truth.
    Last edit by smk1 on Jun 20, '04
  5. by   mamabear
    QUOTE=lizz]I agree.

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    I agree with both of them :hatparty:
  6. by   Tweety
    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?

    yikes for someone only in their 40s you sound so old talking about "this younger generation". that always makes me cringe for some reason. lol. just picking on you now.

    when you're in school and poor and working like a dog to get through school it's only natural to think about the money. back in the dark ages when i was in school our generation talked about the money too. most other profressions are choosen based on job availability, financial prospects and well as the interests of the person. why elevate nursing to such a saintly status.

    but i hear what you're saying. those who are in it for the money only, and there are precious few of them thank goodness, aren't good nurses. there has to be some semblence of caring and compassion in the person, even if they are only looking for a secure future.

    as for me: neighther mercenary or nun. i need to work. i care.
  7. by   RN4NICU
    I don't know about some of you folks, but when I go to the mall, or the market, or the doctor, nobody ever says to me "oh, you're a nurse, you take care of people - no charge" Therefore - I need money.

    If I was just in it for the warm fuzzies, a college degree would not have been necessary - I could have been a tech, an EMT, a volunteer. But I earned a degree and I expect to be compensated for my education - just as any other college grad would. Yet, the only way nurses will ever be treated with respect and well compensated is if we collectively STAND UP AND DEMAND IT!

    Nobody is sitting around saying "hey, do you think we should pay nurses more?" That conversation only occurs when nurses start walking out the door en masse. If others are ever to value the contribution of nursing, we nurses must first see the value in ourselves. If we act as if the pleasure we gain from caring and serving is compensation enough - that is exactly how we will be treated.
  8. by   critcarenurse16
    I became a nurse with the idea of caring for people. I also like the excitement of the ED and ICU and the challenges they offer. Hopefully no one enters nursing thinking they will become rich-- if so they are in for a rude awakening. But it woukld be nice to be properly compensated for the many hats we wear as nurses. Just my $0.02
  9. by   nurse1982
    Quote from lgflamini
    Lisa, are you in a LPN-RN bridge program? Maybe that's why your fellow students are talking about the money. Let's face it- a $10/hr pay increase is reason enough to go from LPN to RN.

    I don't understand why people knock the young ones who are actually in school, and making very wise career choices. At least they're not hanging around their parents' basements doing nothing, or out committing crimes, etc. How many of us have had other degrees, other careers, and later chose to go to nursing school? At least they're getting it right the first time. I say more power to them, no matter their reason for choosing nursing.
    I am 21 years old and I have been an LPN for 2 years. I graduate with my RN in December and plan to go on into another bridge program in January. Yes, I am in nursing for money because I am a single mom but obviously I am in it for caring. I have wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little kid. I love learning new things (which in nursing is all of the time) and I genuinely love taking care of people. THANK YOU lgflamini!!! I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU backing "younger nurses" like me up. There are not many nurses like you in places I have worked at. ALMOST ALL OF MY FRIENDS are still in college and partying or chillin' at home doing nothing but maybe flippin' burgers. I find it hard to get respect from some nurses because they think I am stupid and incompetent. (Is it maybe because they have a kid my age that is??? hmmm....) I get tired of being called "little girl" and "kiddo" or being asked my age or told "I didn't know they let young people like you be nurses". Yes, someone actually said that! Why do people complain about the nursing shortage and then act harshly to new young nurses? Instead of being judgemental how about respecting us as peers and professionals? You know the average age of a nurse is like 40-something and only like 10% of nurses are under 30! I am one of the few!! Times have changed and everything costs! Yeah we are going to compare how much the pay is- I am not busting my bootie somewhere making a few bucks less than somewhere else where I can make more and bust my bootie just the same! We want money- yeah, but if we didn't care about taking care of people we would go into school for something that really pays like law or business!!
  10. by   angel337
    Quote from nurse1982
    I am 21 years old and I have been an LPN for 2 years. I graduate with my RN in December and plan to go on into another bridge program in January. Yes, I am in nursing for money because I am a single mom but obviously I am in it for caring. I have wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little kid. I love learning new things (which in nursing is all of the time) and I genuinely love taking care of people. THANK YOU lgflamini!!! I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU backing "younger nurses" like me up. There are not many nurses like you in places I have worked at. ALMOST ALL OF MY FRIENDS are still in college and partying or chillin' at home doing nothing but maybe flippin' burgers. I find it hard to get respect from some nurses because they think I am stupid and incompetent. (Is it maybe because they have a kid my age that is??? hmmm....) I get tired of being called "little girl" and "kiddo" or being asked my age or told "I didn't know they let young people like you be nurses". Yes, someone actually said that! Why do people complain about the nursing shortage and then act harshly to new young nurses? Instead of being judgemental how about respecting us as peers and professionals? You know the average age of a nurse is like 40-something and only like 10% of nurses are under 30! I am one of the few!! Times have changed and everything costs! Yeah we are going to compare how much the pay is- I am not busting my bootie somewhere making a few bucks less than somewhere else where I can make more and bust my bootie just the same! We want money- yeah, but if we didn't care about taking care of people we would go into school for something that really pays like law or business!!
    nurse1982, you should be extremely proud of yourself. it is very rare that people go to nursing school now days straight out of high school. most of the older nurses i work with were young nurses in the 70's at 19 and 20 so i don't understand why they pick on the younger nurses now. don't take it personal. they probably are just not used to seeing someone as young as you AND a single mom so ambitious. you are doing the right thing. i see, nothing but success in your future. and btw, business and law degrees are very competitive and you will be surprised at the salaries people make with these degrees out of college. sometime they have no choice but to live with their parents until a break comes through. considered yourself very blessed to have chosen a profession that you like and one that works for you.
  11. by   lady_jezebel
    Honestly, both. I chose nursing for several reasons, including the $. Personally, I believe that nurses need to be well-compensated for all that they do, for we are valuable. Practically, I could not do this if I had problems paying rent, auto insurance, medical bills, etc...
  12. by   Altra
    The caring.

    And the opportunity to use my brain in a more meaningful way than budgets and spreadsheets, which is what I did before.
  13. by   yeyirn
    Honestly, I'm really working to earn money for my family. It's just so happened that I'm a nurse by profession. Regardless of my job or 'function' in this human world, it is also one of my responsibilities to 'feed' my family. But doing 'nursing' itself is as well a fulfillment task of taking care to people who are in need....

    Good day!!!

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