Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide. - page 16

by TheCommuter Asst. Admin

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 Jean Marie46514
    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).
    I never called anyone stupid. Please stop implying I called anyone "stupid"
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    I had a CNA once tell me that I was making the "big bucks" so I wasn't concerned about what she was going through. I explained to her that a Director of Nurses is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When you divide those hours into my salary, in which I get no overtime for going over 40 hours a week, my hourly wage came to $1.28! With that said, I offered to swap jobs with her anytime. Of course, I was met with a resounding "No Way!"
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    Quote from eroc
    I never called anyone stupid. Please stop implying I called anyone "stupid"

    yes, you used the words "making poor choices". Which is a form of stupid.

    I editted the first post,
    you might not have seen,
    i am also asking
    who decides which of the poor were actually stupid (too stupid to be given aide to feed their kids)
    and
    which ones are actually smart ppl, who met with severe misfortune?

    will we help the smart ppl who met with severe misfortune feed THEIR kids?? Will we help people who "follow YOUR advice" but still can't feed their kids, will those ppl be okay to get aide to feed their kids?

    who gets to decide this? just curious, since you said this IS something you think about.
    Last edit by somenurse on Nov 28, '12
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    I'm a LPN and the most I've made was $17.50/hour, but since I've been job searching I'm finding job postings as low as $10/hour. No, we don't rake in the big bucks.
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    Quote from charli_apple
    *sigh*.....
    I know of a woman with 11 kids who gets $1000/month in food stamps. Can you eat all month off of $83.33??? Cause that's what that $1000 a month amounts to.
    Please see post #131....

    Also, 11 KIDS!!! So we should just all be allowed to have as many kids as we want and let others foot the bill? Nothing against the kids but come on! Granted I don't know her circumstances, or how many kids she had when she first got on assistance, but if she even added (1) while already receiving, let alone more than (1) that is just irresponsible. Sorry but it just is. Now if she had all (11) from the beginning then this doesn't apply.

    But still, please see post # 131
    Last edit by PRICHARILLAisMISSED on Nov 28, '12
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    Quote from Overland1
    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.
    Your avatar is great: The easy button. LOL

    They will feel the pain when inflation hits in full force. They think milk prices and bread prices are high now. . .Just wait. . .
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I'm a registered nurse. I have no health insurance. My take-home pay is 'good.'
    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.

    ^ This. Totally this. Do it for a good, long while, in the kinds of clinical settings many of us have worked for decades. Then please come back and let us know.

    BTW, I am NOT making the significant jump in salary that my counterparts in other fields are making after investing the same amount and time, and carrying a boatload of responsibility. The entry rate is better than the Walmart, but years later, after working in the battlefield, you aren't making that much more compared with other fields. The exceptions are going into administration, going back to school to do CRNA, going into pharmaceutical sales, things like that. Yes, if you are at a hospital with a strong union, you may fair better, but relatively speaking, not all that better. So unless you want to go into admin or sales or something like that, you, even as an experienced RN, will not make significantly more than what you started as compared with those that have the same time invested in other fields. You may end up retiring making only $30,000 to $40,000 more per year (minus OT and other incremental increases), then when you first graduated after several decades in the field.

    Many teachers move beyond that at a quicker speed. People in business often do. I could name a lot more. Nurses salaries will continue to be held down; primarily b/c they make up such a huge part of the healthcare workforce.
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    Quote from Jean Marie46514
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    Word to the wise:

    Take it to another thread. A good number of threads have been closed here for going way off topic and being uncivil, etc. Just saying. . .

    Do what you want, but it is what it is.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Nov 28, '12 : Reason: quote removed from view
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    Quote from samadams8
    Word to the wise:

    Take it to another thread. A good number of threads have been closed here for going way off topic and being uncivil, etc. Just saying. . .

    Do what you want, but it is what it is.
    Thank you for this reminder to maintain the civility.

    The title of the article is "Do Nurses Earn Big Money?" This is not an article about social issues such as abortion, birth control, having too many children, etc. We're beating a dead horse when we personally debate the same member for several pages over the course of multiple posts.

    Thank you all for your understanding and compliance with this request to maintain the civility. We can disagree with other members without displaying a disagreeable attitude. Thanks again.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Thank you for this reminder to maintain the civility.

    The title of the article is "Do Nurses Earn Big Money?" This is not an article about social issues such as abortion, birth control, having too many children, etc. We're beating a dead horse when we personally debate the same member for several pages over the course of multiple posts.

    Thank you all for your understanding and compliance with this request to maintain the civility. We can disagree with other members without displaying a disagreeable attitude. Thanks again.

    true, but, the OP did post about a woman on govt aide to feed her children,
    and that is one of the topics, from the very first post on. Otherwise, if getting govt aide was NOT one of the topics, it probably would not have been included in the original post.

    Many ppl here have posted ideas about the woman on govt aide in the original post,
    and many imply, (and some openly state) that if a poor person has more children than they can afford, that is stupid, irresponsible, etc, and they should just suffer,
    and i feel it is worth asking them to explain how that idea works, when they publicly post such ideas.


    but i am all for everyone maintaining civility!! YES YES YES!!!


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