Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide. - page 15

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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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    I wouldn't say I make big bucks, but I make a solidly milddle class income working three days (or less, if I'm on vacation, call in sick, or take a personal day) a week. I also made money young and owned my own house in a nice suburban neighborhood in my young twenties while my peers were still in grad school. I also got my master's degree and my work paid over half my tuition as part of my benefits.
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    Quote from eroc
    That was a long post...You seem insulted. I look at some "hating" as when a person gets upset and tries to pick apart someone negatively, using biased views or lack of experience of the broad spectrum, using only one prespective.

    I can assure you the pay scale is the same for everyone at the shipyard man or woman, the Naval station makes sure of that. And cleaning out Feces in water tanks where workers and sailors have died from H2S gases I'm sure are not the same as your sugesting.
    I'm absolutely sure you do not want to compare accident ratios in the workplace, since health insurance is more than three times of a normal job, simply because of the total amount of workman's comp. claims.
    I was born in a single wide trailer at home, I was a high school drop out (completed 8th grade), I worked 80+ hours a week, I was absolutely not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. And feel the same way a my close RN friend that came here from Africa with $43 dollars in his pocket working his way from Mcdonald's, to CNA, to LPN, to RN with no government assistance.
    I have been married for 18 years...with only one child because I knew me and my wife really could not afford any more children. I would like to have had more children, but that would not be responsible of me. I have learned from others around me...I was surounded by poverty, because that's how I grew up. When people have more children than they can substain on their own, that should be their issue, I do not feel sympathy for bad choices, but I do have a lot of empathy. I can teach people the right way, but if they don't follow suggestions they suffer the burden. (sounds familiar?)

    Your post was really long, and doubt you have ever seen what pair of my shoes look like. So breaking down your post would be quite a very long post I am not going to spend time on.
    Some of the comparisons did give me quite a laugh. I'm getting ready to start as a nurse....lets say you start as a Shipyard worker? It's quite amusing that I've at least done clinicals in a health facility, and you, most likely, have never seen the inside of a shipyard.....and your the one talking about "walking a mile in ones shoes".

    My wife was a floor nurse right out of school, she just tranferred to the ER...btw. Me and my wife share the same views and she is exceling as a Nurse. I'm sure I will develop my own way of dealing with many different types, though the wealthier type of people are going to be new to me...lol.


    ouch! wow, what'd i say to deserve THAT? WHA?
    Yes, it was a long post. I can type at 100wpm, and am fairly verbal. In mere moments, i can create a post that is longer than most ppl will read. {Many ppl do have kinda twitter level att'n spans nowadays, but, i can read entire books, so for ME, a few paragraphs is nothing.}

    but, the length of my post in no way indicates i am "upset", "insulted", or have "lack of experience of a broad spectrum" or any of other things you just slammed me with. NOwhere did i "pick YOU apart", and several times, i show respect to you,
    and i continued to point out,
    I am only suggesting,
    that there can be many kinds of "hard".

    If you took my having a different point of view than YOU do, as "hating", i feel that issue lies with you, not me. There will be many ppl in your path, that might not see things as you do, and also, you might find lengthy written words here or there as you go along,
    and
    it'd be a sad waste of time to feel they are all "hating".

    wow.

    This is interesting to me, that your workplace has open paycheck comparison charts or something, that you "know for a fact" all the workers are all making exact same pay. COOL.
    Males, and jobs dominated by males, are paid more. Like i said, this is a well documented fact. Even within nursing, female RNs tend to make about 86% of what their male counterparts make.


    I admit, i kinda got lost on why you wrote about how you grew up poor, or how that relates to the topic we were discussing. But, since you seem to put a lot of importance on that, here goes:
    Lol, you will probably think i am lying,
    Or worse, trying to "one-up" you, but, i was born to a family of 7 living in a 1bedroom apt, no govt aide, and i was 13 years old til i ever got a brand new, "never worn before" store-bought outfit.(it was mint green, i can still remember that moment very clearly, and i bought the outfit myself, at a "real" store, with my very own paycheck. Yes, i've been working since i was 13) and could go on about various other poverty related stories.

    If you were describing you grew up poor,
    in response to my suggesting, that you might want to try to develop a softer, less judgmental attitude towards poverty stricken ppl who are taking govt aide to feed their kids, (IF you do harbor such a view)
    being poor yourself does not seem to have helped with what i was suggesting might be a helpful addition to broadening your openness to those who are unlike you,as you enter in to nursing.
    but, i could be wrong. Sorry if i am misinterpreting your attitude, i could be wrong.



    I wonder what i wrote that makes you think you can make so many assumptions about me, but, whatever. Nowhere do i ever come close to dissing shipyard work, at all, and in fact, make a point of specifically telling you, in boldface typing:


    //I do not mean to disrespect your work, at all, nope. I've done hard labor myself, it is hard. I'm just suggesting, that nursing can be hard in all types of different ways. And when drywallers are sometimes paid the same as nurses,
    there might be something here to consider.//


    but to THAT you reply:
    //and you, most likely, have never seen the inside of a shipyard.....and your the one talking about "walking a mile in ones shoes". //



    Your obvious pride in working on ships is very evident, and kinda charming, i admit. I like it. But, it's almost as if, if someone hasn't worked specifically in shipyards, those workers must be not as admirable as you are, or can't understand anything, or something.

    you know nothing about me. Nothing. I do respect your work, like i've said, in boldface typing, a few times now. Not sure why you are not hearing me say that, (?)
    but, whatever. I merely suggest that there might be many kinds of "hard" or "filth" or "stress".

    and our own personal backgrounds might be kinda irrelevant to the topic of being able to respect ppl from all walks of life.
    It's slightly hard to for me to imagine how one can feel empathy, while looking down their nose and assuming, if they are having hard times, they must be making "poor choices".

    some of your words,
    seem to suggest, that you actually think that if a person is stupid, they should just suffer. Their kids, too?

    ouch.


    Who gets to decide who is so stupid, that they should just be left to suffer?
    You? The govt? who decides, "Sorry buddy, you must be stupid! No help for YOU!"

    Turns out, ignorant ppl (of any income level) are fairly common, and also, are over-represented amongst the severely sick in the USA. IF you do have judgmental attitudes towards those who you think "must have made poor choices", if so---then this might be one other area, that you might want to strive to foster a less judgmental attitude towards. Doing so *might* make caring for ignorant ppl easier for you, cuz, you will meet a lot of these types among the unhealthy.


    at any rate, the conversation between you and i, doesn't seem to be very helpful anymore. I guess we are not hearing each other very well.
    Last edit by somenurse on Nov 28, '12
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    Quote from BostonTerrierLoverRN
    I understand how you feel, and yes- I may be in a breadline next year, but throughout American history (Great Depression, .com bubble, credit crunches, fiscal cliffs). It has always gotten better. I hope my optimism isn't disappointed- but I think you will see a great re-emergence of the shortage again- it will begin regional and spread, but yes I believe it will get better, and soon. Eternal Optimist
    Oh shortage, sure. But there will be a lot less monies available for decent replenishing.

    An interesting POV at this blog, but this person is only magnifying what a ton of other people are saying:

    [Indeed, the US Fed bought 73% of all debt issued last year to fund the US’s deficit. The only reason we’ve been able to get away with this is because the US has the most credibility of any country in the world (we’ve never defaulted on our debt).
    However this credibility only goes so far. And we’re on very very thin ice: a 10% deficit and a Debt to GDP ratio over 100%.
    I will be blunt here, we are following the precise formula for hyperinflation to a “T.” The only reason it hasn’t hit yet is because the US hasn’t lost all credibility yet. But at this rate, it’s only a matter of time.]
    Why You Should Be VERY Afraid of Inflation

    Hyperinflation is coming. Hunker down.

    Whatever you make will carry you less of a distance, so to speak, as prices will rise in line with inflation. I truly don't think most Americans truly see how much of a huge financial mess we are in.
    Last edit by samadams8 on Nov 28, '12
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    Quote from samadams8
    ...I truly don't think most Americans truly see how much of a huge financial mess we are in.
    Many actually believe the economy is getting better and are still spending like drunken sailors; what the heck, our government does it, so why should we not do likewise? When we become another Greece (or similar, where people are rioting because they want more free stuff from their government), many of those folks will still not understand.
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    Quote from Jean Marie46514
    ouch! wow, what'd i say to deserve THAT? WHA?
    Yes, it was a long post. I can type at 100wpm, and am fairly verbal. In mere moments, i can create a post that is longer than most ppl will read. {Many ppl do have kinda twitter level att'n spans nowadays, but, i can read entire books, so for ME, a few paragraphs is nothing.}

    but, the length of my post in no way indicates i am "upset", "insulted", or have "lack of experience of a broad spectrum" or any of other things you just slammed me with. NOwhere did i "pick YOU apart", and several times, i show respect to you,
    and i continued to point out,
    I am only suggesting,
    that there can be many kinds of "hard".

    If you took my having a different point of view than YOU do, as "hating", i feel that issue lies with you, not me. There will be many ppl in your path, that might not see things as you do, and also, you might find lengthy written words here or there as you go along,
    and
    it'd be a sad waste of time to feel they are all "hating".

    wow.

    This is interesting to me, that your workplace has open paycheck comparison charts or something, that you "know for a fact" all the workers are all making exact same pay. COOL.
    Males, and jobs dominated by males, are paid more. Like i said, this is a well documented fact. Even within nursing, female RNs tend to make about 86% of what their male counterparts make.


    I admit, i kinda got lost on why you wrote about how you grew up poor, or how that relates to the topic we were discussing. But, since you seem to put a lot of importance on that, here goes:
    Lol, you will probably think i am lying,
    Or worse, trying to "one-up" you, but, i was born to a family of 7 living in a 1bedroom apt, no govt aide, and i was 13 years old til i ever got a brand new, "never worn before" store-bought outfit.(it was mint green, i can still remember that moment very clearly, and i bought the outfit myself, at a "real" store, with my very own paycheck. Yes, i've been working since i was 13) and could go on about various other poverty related stories.

    If you were describing you grew up poor,
    in response to my suggesting, that you might want to try to develop a softer, less judgmental attitude towards poverty stricken ppl who are taking govt aide to feed their kids, (IF you do harbor such a view)
    being poor yourself does not seem to have helped with what i was suggesting might be a helpful addition to broadening your openness to those who are unlike you,as you enter in to nursing.
    but, i could be wrong. Sorry if i am misinterpreting your attitude, i could be wrong.



    I wonder what i wrote that makes you think you can make so many assumptions about me, but, whatever. Nowhere do i ever come close to dissing shipyard work, at all, and in fact, make a point of specifically telling you, in boldface typing:


    //I do not mean to disrespect your work, at all, nope. I've done hard labor myself, it is hard. I'm just suggesting, that nursing can be hard in all types of different ways. And when drywallers are sometimes paid the same as nurses,
    there might be something here to consider.//


    but to THAT you reply:
    //and you, most likely, have never seen the inside of a shipyard.....and your the one talking about "walking a mile in ones shoes". //



    Your obvious pride in working on ships is very evident, and kinda charming, i admit. I like it. But, it's almost as if, if someone hasn't worked specifically in shipyards, those workers must be not as admirable as you are, or can't understand anything, or something.

    you know nothing about me. Nothing. I do respect your work, like i've said, in boldface typing, a few times now. Not sure why you are not hearing me say that, (?)
    but, whatever. I merely suggest that there might be many kinds of "hard" or "filth" or "stress".

    and our own personal backgrounds might be kinda irrelevant to the topic of being able to respect ppl from all walks of life.
    It's slightly hard to for me to imagine how one can feel empathy, while looking down their nose and assuming, if they are having hard times, they must be making "poor choices".

    some of your words,
    seem to suggest, that you actually think that if a person is stupid, they should just suffer. Their kids, too?

    ouch.


    Who gets to decide who is so stupid, that they should just be left to suffer?
    You? The govt? who decides, "Sorry buddy, you must be stupid! No help for YOU!"

    Turns out, ignorant ppl (of any income level) are fairly common, and also, are over-represented amongst the severely sick in the USA. IF you do have judgmental attitudes towards those who you think "must have made poor choices", if so---then this might be one other area, that you might want to strive to foster a less judgmental attitude towards. Doing so *might* make caring for ignorant ppl easier for you, cuz, you will meet a lot of these types among the unhealthy.


    at any rate, the conversation between you and i, doesn't seem to be very helpful anymore. I guess we are not hearing each other very well.
    A long post is a long post...not sure how that's insulting. And having children is not a genetic disorder some one is born with, so having 3 children is a choice.
    No worries you have not "one upped me". And you seem to take many things out of context to fit what you trying to imply.You have implied things that are simply untrue. So yes I agree we are not communicating very well.
    I am competely fine learning from my wife and many other nursing friends of how to approach nursing.
    Good luck to you in journey, hope all goes well for you.
    Last edit by eroc on Nov 28, '12
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    Quote from samadams8
    Whatever you make will carry you less of a distance, so to speak, as prices will rise in line with inflation. I truly don't think most Americans truly see how much of a huge financial mess we are in.
    Very true...everyone is going to suffer dearly for other peoples poor choices.
    Every great empire has fallen. It's a shame people hold on to the "it's going to be ok" attitude.
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    Quote from eroc
    A long post is a long post...not sure how that's insulting. And having children is not a genetic disorder some one is born with, so having 3 children is a choice.
    No worries you have not "one upped me". And you seem to take many things out of context to fit what you trying to imply.You have implied things that are simply untrue. So yes I agree we are not communicating very well.
    . I am competely fine learning from my wife and many other nursing friends of how to approach nursing.
    Good luck to you in journey, hope all goes well for you.


    Yes, i did not see why you thought my long post indicates one is "insulted" either, especially when my tone of my first reply was very calm, very rational, and very respectful to you. NOt "hating" or "upset" or any of that other nonsense.


    Yes, some ppl have 3 children.

    it was, most likely, a choice. but, it's not impossible, to have scenarios, in which things happened which were not a choice.

    so if they can not afford to feed the kids,
    they should suffer? since you seem to be saying, that having 3 kids was a poor choice?
    (also possible, the family could initially afford 3 kids, but, may have faced a medical crisis, which IS the root of one out of four bankruptcies, as well as one out of five home foreclosures) Lotta reasons why even very intelligent ppl
    could hit hard times.

    but, if there is a chance, that those ppl "made poor choices"
    then, tough luck to them, as no aide should be given to stupid people?

    How about undeniably stupid ppl?
    should they be denied aide, since they ARE stupid, after all. who decides who is too stupid to get aide?
    You?
    the govt? Really, though? stupid ppl should be left to suffer?
    and their kids, too?

    really? that's your idea?

    Or, maybe aide can be given, even to ppl you feel must be making "poor choices and should just suffer", but, we can kinda feel superior to those ppl getting aide, since they are, after all, apparently making "poor choices" or are stupid.

    nice.
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    Quote from Maryea
    Well, I am a low paid customer service agent. My insurance is awesome. My bring home pay stinks.
    I'm a registered nurse. I have no health insurance. My take-home pay is 'good.'
    Quote from Maryea
    I just get a little tweaked when people who make decent money whine about not making decent money. Take a cussing at my job, making my wage. It is a "walk a mile in my shoes" thing. We all think we have it bad.
    Take a nasty beat-down from a patient under the influence at my job, making my wage. Or better yet, get punched out by a belligerent visitor at my job while making my wage. Did you know that 45 percent of healthcare workers have experienced some type of physical violence at their workplaces?

    While the whining might aggravate your ears, you'll never know until you walk a mile in the shoes of a nurse. I've already been in your shoes, as I've worked in fast food, low-paying retail, and low-end customer service. Now it's time to walk a mile in my shoes.
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    Quote from Jean Marie46514
    Yes, i did not see why you thought my long post indicates one is "insulted" either, especially when my tone of my first reply was very calm, very rational, and very respectful to you. NOt "hating" or "upset" or any of that other nonsense.


    Yes, some ppl have 3 children.

    it was, most likely, a choice. but, it's not impossible, to have scenarios, in which things happened which were not a choice.

    so if they can not afford to feed the kids,
    they should suffer? since you seem to be saying, that having 3 kids was a poor choice?
    (also possible, the family could initially afford 3 kids, but, may have faced a medical crisis, which IS the root of one out of four bankruptcies, as well as one out of five home foreclosures) Lotta reasons why even very intelligent ppl
    could hit hard times.

    but, if there is a chance, that those ppl "made poor choices"
    then, tough luck to them, as no aide should be given to stupid people?

    How about undeniably stupid ppl?
    should they be denied aide, since they ARE stupid, after all. who decides who is too stupid to get aide?
    You?
    the govt? Really, though? stupid ppl should be left to suffer?
    and their kids, too?

    really? that's your idea?

    Or, maybe aide can be given, even to ppl you feel must be making "poor choices and should just suffer", but, we can kinda feel superior to those ppl getting aide, since they are, after all, apparently making "poor choices" or are stupid.

    nice.
    Like I said...Good luck to you. You are posting nothing I have not thought about or had family members go through.
    Good luck to you, I really mean that, I hope everyone finds peace in life.
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    Yes, you have thought about it, and you even posted about it., that if someone was apparently stupid, they should just suffer, kids and all.

    //". When people have more children than they can substain on their own, that should be their issue..... I can teach people the right way, but if they don't follow suggestions they suffer the burden. (sounds familiar?"//


    ^ this IS a very common point of view,
    but, it seems slightly judgmental, and kinda heartless.

    If kids can't be fed well, or fed period,
    well, too bad for you.

    that'd be your answer?

    btw, WHO decides who is too stupid to be helped? (hope i get points for making short post, as that seems to be a focus for you, is the NUMBER of words, over the content)

    EDIT (at the risk of going over some word limit)
    who decides if the person IS actually too stupid to be given aide to feed their kids,
    vs
    those may have faced unpredictable misfortunes? (one big round of cancer can wipe out many families financially, for example, even if they do have insurance).


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