Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide. - page 17

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 samadams8
    I think if you continue in this vein, a mod will put out a warning. They tend to take this kind of thing pretty seriously at Allnurses. In general, it seems to be true.
    Please refer to post number 176. The warning has already been put out there.
    Quote from Jean Marie46514
    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.
    I am the OP, which is why my posts have a tan background, and everyone else's posts have the light blue background.

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    @ Commuter

    Not to stir an argument, but since government assistance was a big part of the topic, shouldn't it kinda be fair game...?

    Also, no hard feelings at anyone. But Please Ms. Jean Marie, please stop referring to me as a "She." I specifically stated I am a man in that last post. Also, it really don't bother me. Just trying to joke and break tension

    But back on topic, I believe the stated $70k a year is good money as far as numbers go, but since I have never done the job of a nurse, I couldn't say if it is a suitable compensation as compared to what you do. But "YES," in and of itself $70k is a nice amount of money.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Please refer to post number 176. The warning has already been put out there.
    I am the OP, which is why my posts have a tan background, and everyone else's posts have the light blue background.
    Hi, yes, I saw it after I posted--must have been posting near the same time.
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    Quote from PRICHARILLAisMISSED
    @ Commuter

    Not to stir an argument, but since government assistance was a big part of the topic, shouldn't it kinda be fair game...?

    Also, no hard feelings at anyone. But Please Ms. Jean Marie, please stop referring to me as a "She." I specifically stated I am a man in that last post. Also, it really don't bother me. Just trying to joke and break tension

    But back on topic, I believe the stated $70k a year is good money as far as numbers go, but since I have never done the job of a nurse, I couldn't say if it is a suitable compensation as compared to what you do. But "YES," in and of itself $70k is a nice amount of money.

    Oh wow, I'm sorry. I messed up and referred to you as a female too. Guess I thought it was you standing by that bike. LOL

    But what do you think about my point that you go in making more that the Walmart employee, but after a number of decades, you haven't gone too far past that, compared to your peers in other fields--unless you go into administration or say pharm sales or go to CRNA school?
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    Quote from PRICHARILLAisMISSED
    @ Commuter

    Not to stir an argument, but since government assistance was a big part of the topic, shouldn't it kinda be fair game...?

    Also, no hard feelings at anyone. But Please Ms. Jean Marie, please stop referring to me as a "She." I specifically stated I am a man in that last post. Also, it really don't bother me. Just trying to joke and break tension

    But back on topic, I believe the stated $70k a year is good money as far as numbers go, but since I have never done the job of a nurse, I couldn't say if it is a suitable compensation as compared to what you do. But "YES," in and of itself $70k is a nice amount of money.

    sorry if i referred to you as wrong gender. It was not intentional.


    and i thought the same as you, Pricharilla, that people on govt aide WAS part of the topic, too!!
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    Quote from PRICHARILLAisMISSED
    @ Commuter

    Not to stir an argument, but since government assistance was a big part of the topic, shouldn't it kinda be fair game...?
    Some members are going off on tangents (abortion, birth control, 'stupid people,') and discussing social issues that are far more appropriate for their own separate threads. Feel free to discuss these issues on our non-nursing forum: Break Room - For Nurses, Friends, and Family
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    I work 3 nights a week (granted 50% of the time I dread working) and pull 50k+ a year. Not too bad for being able to get in with only a two year degree, feeding patients meds, buttwiping, charting, and the occasional important task.

    We might not be making Richie Rich status, but the nursing profession is comfortably seated in the middle class income levels and is far superior to most baccalaureate and associates level professions of similar standing in terms of cost-to-return rate.

    The value is really more based on how much the individual nurse can actually stand doing the work: those that hate it will think they're underpaid and those that love it would do it for free.

    No, for the most part it's not 70k+ per year (+/- for location and experience) but then again nursing is not a prestigious or autonomous profession; it's more akin to labor (at least bedside nursing). It think once more nurses realize that, perhaps they'll see their well compensated relatively speaking to other vocational careers.

    Would I love to make more $$$? Of course, that's why after I finish my BSN, I may get out of nursing and may seek a different career (maybe even out of healthcare: it's not longer the golden goose egg it once was, too many lawyers and politics want a piece of the pie). But as it stands, I feel that we are well compensated on the basis of 36 hour work weeks and 3 days a week of work (others mileage may very depending on their schedual and how poor their work enviroment is - but those aren't exactly intrinsic to nursing itself).
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    Quote from mrmedical
    I work 3 nights a week (granted 50% of the time I dread working) and pull 50k+ a year. Not too bad for being able to get in with only a two year degree, feeding patients meds, buttwiping, charting, and the occasional important task.

    We might not be making Richie Rich status, but the nursing profession is comfortably seated in the middle class income levels and is far superior to most baccalaureate and associates level professions of similar standing in terms of cost-to-return rate.

    The value is really more based on how much the individual nurse can actually stand doing the work: those that hate it will think they're underpaid and those that love it would do it for free.

    No, for the most part it's not 70k+ per year (+/- for location and experience) but then again nursing is not a prestigious or autonomous profession; it's more akin to labor (at least bedside nursing). It think once more nurses realize that, perhaps they'll see their well compensated relatively speaking to other vocational careers.
    I guess I want to see what nurses think about the stunted growth of income after being in the field for quite some time.
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    Some members are going off on tangents (abortion, birth control, 'stupid people,') and discussing social issues that are far more appropriate for their own separate threads. Feel free to discuss these issues on our non-nursing forum: Break Room - For Nurses, Friends, and Family

    Many people here have suggested that poor people are on aide because they are irresponsible/make poor choices/stupid.

    This is not an uncommon mindset, and i feel, asking them who decides which of these poor people is there because of their own mistakes,
    and would their children have to suffer if their parents were actually stupid? should we make their children go hungry?

    I do feel it is a worthy question,
    since that "they don't deserve aide, cuz they made poor choices"
    IS
    a common knee-jerk response to anytime ppl on govt aide are discussed------somebody is pretty much guaranteed to have a fairly snobby attitude about the mother on govt aide. This attitude comes up pretty often whenever someone puts up a post on people on govt aide.


    btw, The Commuter, i could be wrong, but i think that EITC is only given to students,


    also, most nurses who are single moms do get thousands back in their tax refund for having kids. Many married people also get tax refunds for raising kids.
    I always did, even years i was making major bucks on Cape Cod, i would get a few thousand back for having kids. I was not on aide, just a single mom at that time period.
    Was one of the bummers when my kids grew up, is, no more fat tax refunds.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Nov 29, '12 : Reason: edited
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    Quote from samadams8
    I guess I want to see what nurses think about the stunted growth of income after being in the field for quite some time.

    sam, i will have to agree with you here.

    i was surprised, that during 30+ years of nursing, my starting income was not much bigger 30 years later.

    also,
    if i moved from one state to another,
    and had to start all over as new employee,
    the starting pay there
    was not much bigger at all
    than the starting pay i got decades before.


    *sigh*


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