Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide. - page 11

by TheCommuter 91,707 Views | 364 Comments Senior Moderator

Am I the only one who becomes at least mildly irritated whenever a random individual finds out that someone is a nurse and proceeds to say, “You’re rolling in the big bucks!” To keep things honest, I’ll recall a few... Read More


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    Quote from PRICHARILLAisMISSED
    You're right, but I believe you may have taken some comments the wrong way. I'm pretty vocal about these things-you should listen to me in "Real life" lol. But sometimes I'm taken as being a little cold hearted so let me clarify a bit. I don't despise, nor would I imagine that any of the other "Negative" posters despise people who need help. What I do despise is the amount of help some people get, if that makes sense. I have people in my own family who've been on government assistance all of their lives (Not exaggerating in the least here, either) and, because they are used to it, well they're used to it. They do the minimal legwork necessary to stay on it, trying not to work. I can even give an example of one in particular that, whenever she gets board of the free section 8 housing she's living in, she checks into other "nicer" housings that offer section 8 acceptance. This woman was actually telling me the "Good news" that she was getting a new house, as the 2 bedroom apartment that she was living in "sucked" (it is actually a pretty decent apartment, btw). I couldn't believe it!!!!! She is about to move into a 4 bedroom HOUSE that is actually a bit nicer than the 4 bedroom house that I'm renting for $1500.00 a month. On section 8's dime!!! And the thing is, she's one of many. One of SO SO many. I know a lot of people who want to be more "PC" would say something like "Well Jaime, that's just an extreme case. Normally people just take assistance until they can get themselves on their feet." I'm here to tell them that is the other way around! It's actually normal for people to take advantage of the system as long as they can (once they get on it, anyway), and then hustle at the last minute when they are threatened with their benefits ending.

    I'm all for giving a helping hand when needed, but not a helping hand that is so good that they live a middle class lifestyle on the tax payers dime while doing nothing.
    My bold and italic.
    I had a family member like that. The family spoke to her...let her know that it was NOT OKAY. Some of us helped her with job skills, resumes, transportation, etc. She got off her arse and got productive.

    The system is there for people who need it. Some people will always abuse it. In my thinking, that does not mean that we should treat all persons receiving aid as cheats and consider cutting the safety net for many because of the bad actions of the few.
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    Quote from eCCU
    Certainly views of big money differ from person to person. Unfortunately most nurses duo think they are rolling in cash. Lol i remember as soon as we graduated most of my colleagues bought luxury cars worth $50000 or more. Well years later they are still paying plus the kids came plus the house....then its no longer big money. Just live according to your means you will be fine...;-)
    Thhhhhhhhhis! I hated to see the 22 year olds go out and get their brand new SUV's and have some construction company build them a brand new McMansion for them and their not-yet-graduated-from-college new hubby. Can't they learn from others' mistakes? (Oh well I guess I never did either.)
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    I dont live pay check to paycheck anymore. I do have a new car, but I amke payments on it. My credit cards are almost all paid off. I consider that enough money.

    I wouldnt mind making BIG money though.
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    I am doing my prereqs now maintaing A's and B's. I knew before I started theses prereqs that the money wouldn't be bookoo dollars. I am doing this because helping people is my passion and I love science and medicine. Unfortunately I get assistance and I have two part time jobs and a two year old. I had to move back home. I shop for MY clothes at thrift stores trying to save every penny of what is left of my paycheck and financial aid after I pay bills and rent. I do this because I know I will need the financial support in the long run. If only everyone else didn't squander away their full financial aid.My goal isn't a fancy car or a big house but to have a stable career that I will for the most part I know I will enjoy. I talk about this all the time with my classmates, if your in it for the big bucks choose another career. And when the time comes I will get cut off from my assistance. But I am grateful for the assistance I get. Without it I wouldn't be able to go to school because no one would be able to watch my lil one during the day. And this is coming from a person who despised public welfare most of my life till I was faced with needing it. There are definitely two sides to Carla's story and Commuter told it pretty well. And kudo's to all of the hard working nurses and nursing students out there for choosing nursing as their career.
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    Not to mention, yeah we all make big bucks unless and until the door is slammed in our faces by layoffs, downsizing, being topped out and easily replaced by new grads, what have you. There is no option to be stagnant. You had better be trying to expand your skill set, or at least doing a dern good job of pretending to do so, or you will be first on the chopping block.

    I do admit, that extra 50 cents an hour they pay me to be responsible for the whole floor full of patients and what each nurse might be doing or not doing to said patients, and telling me or not telling me about their worsening condition while they're documenting "charge nurse aware...." that extra 6 bucks comes in quite handy when paying for my lunch every day. Or a Starbucks. Yes, I am rolling in the dough.
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    Quote from tewdles
    My bold and italic.
    I had a family member like that. The family spoke to her...let her know that it was NOT OKAY. Some of us helped her with job skills, resumes, transportation, etc. She got off her arse and got productive.

    The system is there for people who need it. Some people will always abuse it. In my thinking, that does not mean that we should treat all persons receiving aid as cheats and consider cutting the safety net for many because of the bad actions of the few.
    It's not just a few though, tewdles...

    I've personally known dozens of people who abuse the system. Most are even under the impression that they are "entitled" to it-their words, not mine. About a week and a half ago, I asked one of them how it is fair for taxpayers to work their a** off to live the same life that you live for free, plus work hard enough for you to live that way? You know what his answer was "Well, they made the money here, why can't they help the rest of us?" That is what happens when someone gets too much help. And it is not just a few tewdles. Please reread my post that you quoted...

    Your friend is the exception, not the rule.
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    Quote from Aspirational Beauty
    I am doing my prereqs now maintaing A's and B's. I knew before I started theses prereqs that the money wouldn't be bookoo dollars. I am doing this because helping people is my passion and I love science and medicine. Unfortunately I get assistance and I have two part time jobs and a two year old. I had to move back home. I shop for MY clothes at thrift stores trying to save every penny of what is left of my paycheck and financial aid after I pay bills and rent. I do this because I know I will need the financial support in the long run. If only everyone else didn't squander away their full financial aid.My goal isn't a fancy car or a big house but to have a stable career that I will for the most part I know I will enjoy. I talk about this all the time with my classmates, if your in it for the big bucks choose another career. And when the time comes I will get cut off from my assistance. But I am grateful for the assistance I get. Without it I wouldn't be able to go to school because no one would be able to watch my lil one during the day. And this is coming from a person who despised public welfare most of my life till I was faced with needing it. There are definitely two sides to Carla's story and Commuter told it pretty well. And kudo's to all of the hard working nurses and nursing students out there for choosing nursing as their career.
    You see, this is what I don't have a problem with! It is the irresponsible ones who abuse the systems I refer too.

    Good luck, Beauty.
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    Quote from eroc
    Sure i'm gonna get hate for this, but here's my thoughts.

    I have been an shipyard worker, worked for years in construction, and run my own business for many years.
    And for the benifits nurses get...I consider them fairly compesated.

    I seem to hear alot of complaining about how hard the job of a nurse is, and I agree I don't fully know yet, but it can't be harder than a much more phsyically demanding job, that also requires heavily dealing with customers. I only have my wife to gauge how tough it is, beacuse she has worked along side me, as well as being a RN for the past 2 years, (she works in the ER now) And she feels as though nurses tend to complain more than is necessary about how tough their jobs are, especailly since they are fairly compesated.

    Now i still need to take the Nclex-RN and pass, but I highly doubt is going to make me want to go back to Sandblasting steel ships in 100+ degree weather, filthly to the point of being black from dust, for LESS MONEY.

    Thing is if you think you have it bad....someone else has it worse.

    Everyone thinks they should be paid more...

    BTW, I have made $65k a year without a high school dipolma...working 80+ a week. So I know all the factors, of taxes. And I wouldn't ask for a handout making $10 an hour.
    I have never thought it was quite proper for people who handle human lives to be paid less than plumbers, for example. I appreciate plumbers, I'm only using them as an example, there are many other examples I could have used. They work in the "hard and dirty" category a lot, but I don't quite understand our societal values.

    Sports figures, actors, millions. Then there are nurses. Go figure.
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    Profit isn't a bad word. Back before the economy tanked, when they would slide that paper down to me with the hourly rate during an interview, that was my chance to negotiate. I can't wait until it gets that way again. I was soooo surprised how many accepted that rate, and never even attempt getting closer to the number in their head. All they can say is "no," or we can't afford that- but you would really be surprised even in this economy, after the job offer, they decided they want you, now is your chance to aim higher. I have only once accepted an offered rate, because I was really surprised what they offered. I will say it again, all they can say is "no." There's nothing wrong with desiring a good living, and I do believe in an intangible higher power though I felt "called" to be a comedian- look at there outlook
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    Just going to add that in this economy, I have seen some more "perks" instead of higher pay, (e.g. Doubling Vacation Time, Double Holidays, or they paid you for a certain hour base- even if you work 36. OT was still given. I'm just saying Negotiate. You will be surprised.
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Nov 27, '12


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