Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide. - page 27

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... Read More

  1. Visit  SE_BSN_RN profile page
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    Very well written, as always, Commuter!
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  3. Visit  CapeCodMermaid profile page
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    I'm not sure if I've already chimed in, so....
    Do nurses make big bucks? You tell me what your life is worth because we hold it in our hands. You tell me what it's worth for me to be responsible for 152 patients and 100 staff members...the people who think we are 'well paid' or over paid probably have no qualms about buying a ticket to a baseball game for $100...those Neanderthals make more in one game than some nurses do all year. NONE of us are paid what we're worth.
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  4. Visit  Ookami11 profile page
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    No I don't think RNs always make "big bucks". For example, I have experience with LTC (TCU and Charge positions) and Hospice/Care Mgmt, I am currently working for a Managed Care Organization for the State. My salary is $45k, now that number is smaller than the $62k I made as a Hospice RN BUT I have Monday-Friday hours, no weekends, no holidays and awesome benefits like health insurance (which I pay nothing for and no deductible) and retirement vs working ~50 hrs out of a weekly 72 hr weekend shift in Hospice. I lived paycheck to paycheck, with a small townhouse, used car, student loans etc on both salaries... My husband who is a Machinist, makes $18/hr which works out to being the same yearly amount as I do now! No living threatening situations, poor hours blah blah that I had with my last few jobs. Do I believe there are awesome paying RN jobs out there? Sure! But they won't be something you land right away out of school.
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  5. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    I guess "big money" is subjective; however, I do think nurses CAN make a comfortable amount of money. I have made a comfortable amount where I have paid bills three-six months in advance; I am making less, and I basically had a summer vacation on paying my utilities, lol.

    But when COLA is increasingly high, and there hasn't really been a wage reflection for a few decades, then YES, nurses (a pretty much everyone else, IMHO), NEED a substantial increase.
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  6. Visit  vintagePN profile page
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    I wouldn't say that I'm rolling in money, but after a 2-year college diploma...I make a lot more than many of my friends with university degrees working min wage at coffee shops because their degree has no real relevance in the working world. I also make considerably more than many of my friends who also have 2 year diplomas in other fields. I'd say that I make a very comfortable wage in my area, no complaints here.
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  7. Visit  AppalachianSoul profile page
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    I sympathize with the CNA in the paragraph.. My little brother and I sure were grateful for the "government handout" of food stamps back when my mother lost her job for those 3 months which seemed to last for an eternity.
  8. Visit  smmctowelie69 profile page
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    As they say mo money mo problems....lol
  9. Visit  86toronado profile page
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    It's all about perspective... Does a doctor, or a lawyer, or an engineer think that my $60k a year is big bucks? No, of course not. But the people who say that to me are not doctors, lawyers, or engineers. They're waiters, retail workers and of course, our patient care techs who work with us. It sure looks like big bucks when you make $9/hr - trust me, I know this from experience.
    As far as whether I feel like I make good money, in short, yes. I drive a new car, I own a home in a nice neighborhood, and go on vacation several times a year.* I am able to do all of this by working 3 or 4 days a week. There is no other job I can think of where that would be possible. Oh, wait. I could be a firefighter... Nah. I'll stay a nurse.
    *disclaimer: I don't have kids, and my husband is an RN as well
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  10. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from vintagePN
    I wouldn't say that I'm rolling in money, but after a 2-year college diploma...I make a lot more than many of my friends with university degrees working min wage at coffee shops because their degree has no real relevance in the working world.
    I think you have a remarkably salient point. During my years as an LVN with a trade school diploma, I earned more money than many people who were educated at the non-nursing baccalaureate and/or masters degree level such as social workers, adjunct instructors, nonunion teachers, history majors, art majors, and so forth.
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  11. Visit  dudette10 profile page
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    It all depends on context, of course. The OP example was a single mom with 3 young children where all the bills, including health insurance, is on her shoulders.

    In my case, married with two teenagers. Husband carries health insurance so I don't have to, and I get a higher per hour wage. Our gross together is north of $170k. He makes more than I do (a computer programmer in a nonmanagement position), but my take home is more than the his. Paid 25k in federal income taxes last year, even though we shovel the max pre-tax dollars to retirement. Cars paid off, same 1400 square foot house for 20 years, no cc debt.

    Context.
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  12. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Nope. Nurses do not make big money. I know of some nurses making $300K but who would consider that big money? For that matter doctors don't make big money either. The highest paid surgeon in my health system only makes a little over a million a year. (it's published in our annual report but the surgeon isn't named).
    This compares to even crappy CEOs of companies making tens or hundreds of millions.
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  13. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I think you have a remarkably salient point. During my years as an LVN with a trade school diploma, I earned more money than many people who were educated at the non-nursing baccalaureate and/or masters degree level such as social workers, adjunct instructors, nonunion teachers, history majors, art majors, and so forth.
    Right. I was talking to a friend who is a chemical engineer with a BS and two masters degrees, one in engineering and one in business. He recently was promoted to the head of his department and was excited to now be making $85K. Or about 2/3 what I make with an associates degree. We have been in our fields for a similar amount of time.
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  14. Visit  GM2RN profile page
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    Quote from amber_energy_RN
    If you're going to take the leap to RN, might as well go all the way to NP...those girls (and guys) DO make money...into the 6 figures (and I know this for a fact...)

    Some NP's make six figures, some don't, and it's less likely for a new NP where, in my area for example, new NP's start off making a couple of dollars an hour less than what I make as an RN with seven years of experience. For those NP's who do make six figures, sometimes it takes some years to get there. For those who are considering this route, make sure you research the salaries for the areas in which you are willing to work and then consider if the return on investment for an NP is worth it.
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