Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide. - page 31

by TheCommuter 92,097 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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    Haha..I appreciate the response. I'm volunteering at Children's Hospital. I tried to be an orderly, but the local hospital consistently hires within as they juggle around current employees and fit them into different shifts (at least that's the excuse I am told) :-( I'll come back when I become jaded and try to go through this thread again and see it from everyone else's perspective. I understand there is plenty of ridiculous things we have to deal with in all areas of work from mine to yours, but you couldn't pay me six figures to do what I do right now - that's why I'm OUT. My point is that we all need to vent, but as Nurses, we're going to make a difference. People in my current position aren't doing a damn thing for the good of the world. Any ounce of my expectations met in the nursing field will please me. But, like I said, I'll be back to read through this whole thread once I've been in it for awhile. Thanks again! :-)
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** I don't know how many night shifts you have worked in a large SICU with a very active open heart program at a level 1 trama center but you are mistaken. Nights have nearly as much going on as days with a lot less staff and support to deal with it. Night charge was much harder hence it was dreaded and why I was doing it. the day charge has the advantage of having the NM around to deal with a lot of things. On nights the charge is it, at least at that hospital. Lot's of doctors and lots of highly stressed emergency open heart patient's and trauma patien's families in at all hours.
    Despite having owned my own business and managing employees and despite being an experienced paramedic, I was a new ICU nurse and I wasn't ready to be charge in that kind of unit. I just didn't know it at the time. I shudder to think of the risks I took.

    I can attest to this. Again, especially d/t experience, I must agree.
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    Quote from Dassit82
    Haha..I appreciate the response. I'm volunteering at Children's Hospital. I tried to be an orderly, but the local hospital consistently hires within as they juggle around current employees and fit them into different shifts (at least that's the excuse I am told) :-( I'll come back when I become jaded and try to go through this thread again and see it from everyone else's perspective. I understand there is plenty of ridiculous things we have to deal with in all areas of work from mine to yours, but you couldn't pay me six figures to do what I do right now - that's why I'm OUT. My point is that we all need to vent, but as Nurses, we're going to make a difference. People in my current position aren't doing a damn thing for the good of the world. Any ounce of my expectations met in the nursing field will please me. But, like I said, I'll be back to read through this whole thread once I've been in it for awhile. Thanks again! :-)

    I mean that's a good plan. Unless you are doing so big time, serious shadowing or something very close up and person with it, it's really hard to get, that is, to have that "Ah ha" moment.
    Even then, until the responsibility is on your plate and license, it's tough to get.

    Good luck to you.
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    Quote from Dassit82
    Haha..I appreciate the response. I'm volunteering at Children's Hospital. I tried to be an orderly, but the local hospital consistently hires within as they juggle around current employees and fit them into different shifts (at least that's the excuse I am told) :-( I'll come back when I become jaded and try to go through this thread again and see it from everyone else's perspective. I understand there is plenty of ridiculous things we have to deal with in all areas of work from mine to yours, but you couldn't pay me six figures to do what I do right now - that's why I'm OUT. My point is that we all need to vent, but as Nurses, we're going to make a difference. People in my current position aren't doing a damn thing for the good of the world. Any ounce of my expectations met in the nursing field will please me. But, like I said, I'll be back to read through this whole thread once I've been in it for awhile. Thanks again! :-)
    I think you will find that once you are accepted into a nursing school and actually work as a nurse you might see things differently......that doesn't mean that you are jaded.....it just means the reality of the situation has revealed itself to you and you are to see that nursing is a difficult profession and we are in NO WAY compensated fro what we do.

    We are not jaded.....we are realists......an occupational hazard.

    Good luck on your nursing journey!
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    Quote from chicookie
    I have less money now than I did working at the public library. I miss working there to boot!
    Like my friend says the more you make, the more you spend.

    Nurses don't make what they deserve to be making.
    Love the third sentence.
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    I think there should be some clarification and distinctions made on the difference between a decent starting salary versus fair salary gradation for experience and merit.
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    I thought common sense of the reasoning of the several people posting this and the huge move into schools, specfically nursing, would be enough to use deductive reasoning. (As I would think I don't need to show you the total numbers of Nurses versus the total number of "Middle class" here in America as evidence) I know you don't think all these people want to do it for anything less than the money...maybe a few.
    *** What you call common sense doesn't come close to maching my personal experience or observations. True I see many people headed for nursing school. However given the great number of examples we have had recently of just how easily Americans can be fooled by propaganda, and considering how pervasive the false and self serving "nursing shortage" propaganda is, I don't see a reason to reach the same conclusions your have r.e. nurses pay. Lucky for me I am in a special and very well compensated nich.

    And yes, people are starting their education in Nursing like it's going out of style. 5 new AsN programs opened up here in town in the least year, not counting the approx 10 that were already here. And the new schools filled quickly. Can't imagine what these people are going to be willing to do to land a job.
    *** Ya we have a glut of nurses and have for a while now, yes is is almost certain to get worse. However that is common knowlage everyone of us is well aware of. You don't get credit for pointing out what everybody already knows.
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    Quote from PMFB-RN
    Ya we have a glut of nurses and have for a while now, yes is is almost certain to get worse. However that is common knowlage everyone of us is well aware of. You don't get credit for pointing out what everybody already knows.
    To be fair, it's apparent that not everyone knows about the nursing glut. This is evidenced by bright-eyed pre-nursing students across the country who make statements such as "Nurses always have jobs," "Nursing is recession-proof," "There's a shortage of nurses," and "Nursing will always be in demand!"
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    I'm sure you've heard of the phrase: "Nothing's better than a nurse with the purse."

    Yes, there are some small-minded men out there who prey on female nurses because they actually think our pockets are overflowing with cash.
    Is it just me, or do you see a lot of nurses with loser husbands? I think it has something to do with the need to nurture and take care of people. I have a friend who has raised two husbands, paid for them to live for years, got them jobs at her place of employment, then they leave her. Weird.
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    Quote from redhead_NURSE98!
    Is it just me, or do you see a lot of nurses with loser husbands? I think it has something to do with the need to nurture and take care of people. I have a friend who has raised two husbands, paid for them to live for years, got them jobs at her place of employment, then they leave her. Weird.
    God I hope not...although it make me wonder about a number of nurses and their insecure attitudes. I got really lucky very early in adult life. I not only adore my husband. I respect him. He has always worked his butt off.


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