Do Nurses Earn Big Money? You Decide. - page 33

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. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from NurseSpeedy
    I had to laugh when I was working with a CNA who was really interested in watching and observing some of the procedures that we do as nurses. Not because she was interested, but because of what she said later.

    I asked if she was in nursing school. Her response was, "Hopefully next semester. I love my job and all but I can't live on $9/hr. $30/hr would make things sooo much easier". She has the similar living situation from the article. I laughed because she had some strange idea that she would graduate from nursing school, transition to RN with our current employer, and be making $30/hr as a new grad....Oh, she's in for a shocker. I just whispered to her that no hospital in our area pays new grads anywhere near that...it would be many years before she'd see that unless she worked agency (which requires a minimum of 1 year experience).

    Where the hell the public is getting our supposed pay rates is beyond me. Unless their just going by what they hear for California-which then they have to look at the cost of living...
    Oh, I don't know, New grad RNs make close to $30 here in the Midwest. And I've always been under the impression that the Midwest is smack dab in the middle of what average wages and COL is in the US.
  2. by   ThePrincessBride
    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Oh, I don't know, New grad RNs make close to $30 here in the Midwest. And I've always been under the impression that the Midwest is smack dab in the middle of what average wages and COL is in the US.
    Huh?

    I live in the mid west. New grads are making close to 23-25/hr. I am a registered nurse with over two years experience and I make less than 26/hr.
  3. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    Huh?

    I live in the mid west. New grads are making close to 23-25/hr. I am a registered nurse with over two years experience and I make less than 26/hr.
    Maybe western Michigan has higher wages/cost of living than the part of the Midwest you're from? Admittedly, I'm just guessing as to what RNs make around here, as I'm not a RN. Here, a new grad LPN will make over $20/hr and a LPN with three years experience will be around $24. I remember back when worked in the hospital in 2003 I heard new grad RNs talk about starting at $22-23/hr. I assume it's went up quite a bit since then
  4. by   Wannabenurseneko
    This woman that I know daughter is a military nurse and she makes a lot of money , it really depends on what type of nursing field your in ,but I know at the start you earn enough to have a livable wage and that's good enough for me . It sure as heck beaks living below the poverty line ;But I don't expected to get rich when I graduate ADN , I just assumed I'd be able to afford a roof over my head food to eat and pay bills , but I want to do this job to help people and for the good pay 23 /hr or even 20/hr sounds a lot better than what I'm making now .
    Last edit by Wannabenurseneko on Mar 2
  5. by   QuietIsntAWord
    Before I decided to go back to school I was a single mom raising two kids with no help from their dad. I lived with my mom rent free (So thankful for her), was on medicaid (paid 5$ to see a doctor or dentist), and had over 500$ a month with food stamps to feed my family (which was MORE than enough). Due to this though I was able to go back to school without paying a dime out of pocket. Grants were thrown at me and I kept my grades up and applied for and won many scholarships. Now that I'm working full time I'm living paycheck to paycheck. However, I feel a greater sense of independence and achievement. Do I miss government assistance? Absolutely! Would I ever want to go back where I was before nursing? Hell no!


    But, I do agree that people have a false sense of how much we actually make. I remember asking a CNA when payday was and she replied "You know she's a nurse when she doesn't even know when payday is". She went on to clarify that since my bank account is stacked, I don't care about when we are paid. I probably had $5 in my account at the time lol
  6. by   Horseshoe
    Anyone who thinks nurses make "big money" obviously doesn't really know people who ACTUALLY do make "big money."

    Nurses make decent money; those with advanced certifications or those who work in high COL areas or those who work lots of crappy shifts and overtime can make low six figures. But "big money," no.

    Nurses who write books which turn into best sellers might get into the big money category. But they really aren't typical nurses.


    An acquaintance of mine had a husband who worked in the "re-insurance" industry. Don't ask me what that is. One year he made a $50 million dollar bonus. I'd call that "big money."

    A few years later, I heard that they divorced and she took her half of the big money and was doing just fine and dandy. Unbeknownst to me, her husband apparently wasn't that great of a guy, so she was very happy to end the marriage. I say good for her.
    Last edit by Horseshoe on Mar 2
  7. by   thatgirl2478
    Quote from applewhitern
    I haven't had a pay raise in 4 years. As everything else gets higher and higher, my income gets smaller and smaller. My health insurance premiums have doubled, and pays much less. My deductibles have risen dramatically.
    I hate to break it to you, this phenomenon isn't limited to the nursing profession. I worked for many years in the IT sector for a large pharmacy chain without a raise. And my husband has been working for the gov for the past 10 years, only just recently getting a couple small (1%) raises.

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