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

  1. 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?
    •  
  2. 229 Comments

  3. by   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.
  4. by   nurseygrrl
    If I wanted to be in something for the money, it certainly wouldn't be nursing. I truly love what I do...the patient care part at least...or I'd be moving on to something else!
  5. by   susanna
    I guess that when I think about it, even though I'm obsessed with having enough money, I'm in it for the caring and understanding. I wouldn't have left a very stable 55,000/year job to go back to school for it.

    But I don't want to be abused and I don't want to see any of my co-workers being abused either. It sounds like healthcare's as crocky as any other kind of industry and that there's a lot of this kind of stuff going on.
  6. by   rica75
    I would say I am in it for the caring. I love to talk to people, help poeple, relate to people, and I can not work a job unless I'm on my feet alot of the time! But financial freedom is a BIG perk! I can't wait for the day I don't have to worry if bills are going to get paid, or do I have enough left over for diapers and toilet paper. I don't want to drive a car older than me, that smokes and I have to put a quart of oil in before I go anywhere. I'm sure that the majority are not in it for the money, or they'd be going for M.D. There you don't HAVE to get personal with you're patient. I'm talking from personal expeience. I no longer visit the doctor when I'm ill, I go to a nurse. They tend to care alot more!
  7. by   Sheri257
    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.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Jun 10, '04
  8. by   Truly_Blessed
    6 years ago I wanted to be a nurse for the "taking care of people" part. I didn't even know how much nurses made. A divorce, a baby, and 6 years later, hmmmm....I will say it's the need for cash that got me into nursing school. I would have gone back to school eventually for nursing had I stayed married, but now that I am a single mama getting no child support, I need a steady paycheck ASAP. Why? Because the MOST important people I need to take care of are my son and I...no one else is going to do it. My family is first...I don't care how many people say it's not about me. The people that say that need to work without a paycheck, see how they like it when it TRULY isn't about them, ha:chuckle
  9. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Not the cash so much as the job security and flexibility. I'd be helping people no matter what -- previously worked as a teacher and have hours towards a master's in counseling.
  10. by   BBFRN
    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.
  11. by   Sheri257
    Quote from lgflamini
    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 agree.

  12. by   J Lynn
    It can't be for the money 'cause cashiers get paid as much as most LPNs.
  13. by   SharonH, RN
    Why must it be either/or? Does wanting to get paid well or anticipating a large pay raise mean that you don't care? I have to tell you after 4 years of being a college student (in other words very poor) I was ecstatic about the money I made when I got out of school 13 years ago. Does that tell anyone just how poor I was, heh-heh? Seriously, I hate it when people try to act like nurses are not supposed to care about the pay; that attitude is what has kept us paid poorly for years. It's okay to look forward to more pay, it really is. Normal, in fact. And future nurses(and present ones) please do not feel guilty for asking for more pay. Demand it. God knows you will earn every penny. I have gotten two raises in the past year because I asked for it while coworkers that I work with have not received any.
  14. by   1BlessedRN
    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 currently pursuing my BSN, and I interact with alot of nursing students on campus and for the most part all I hear is "you can make major money in nursing" or "I'm going into nursing just for the money" and to me that is the wrong reason I don't know how long you been nursing but even you know we are underpaid and if they are going just for this reason then honey they are in for a rude awakening and when I say students, I'm talking more about non-degree students not LPNs, and I am not knocking them I'm just letting them know we don't make this big money as we are perceived, at least most nurses I know don't, but the stability of knowing you have a job and caring for your patients is a plus.

close