First Nursing Pay - page 4

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    Quote from Ntheboat2
    I remember when I was a kid I asked my mom how much she made (she wasn't a nurse) but she told me $4.25 and that was minimum wage in 1990.

    What year was it when nurses were paid $4.25?

    I remember a nurse telling me she made that much (but I don't remember what year or if we talked about it) but I remember her saying something like, "I still lived pretty good. I mean, I was able to take trips and stuff like that."

    It seems crazy to us now, but I guess that was "good money" at one point in time.

    Things weren't sooo expensive as they are now! Back then gas was less than a dollar and food and everything else were very cheap!
    BostonTerrierLoverRN likes this.
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    My first paycheck I used to buy food, gas and placed some in savings.
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    Made 16K my first year and thought I was living large!!!!!!!!!!!! Thursday nights were Dominos pizza!
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    I wish I even made that which is so much less than what you're making but don't ever feel bad about that.
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    I paid bills and saved for a new car. My old one was on it's last leg and no a/c. Living in Florida I was always so HOT driving back and forth to school and clinicals with no a/c. I do not like having a car payment now but I sure do like driving my new car.
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    A hefty student loan payment and some for savings. My first pay was more than I'd anticipated.
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    I like the comment about buying Pizza with their first paycheck because it didn't include Romen Noodles. Too funny!
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    Paid back every bookie I'd ripped off at the track during nursing school to pay for books

    Paid back my drug dealer and bar tab I ran up during nursing school to deal with the stress

    Got all my mother's jewelry out of hock I pawned to pay nursing school tuition

    Paid off bills I ran up in nursing school on psychiatrists, therapists, anti-depressants, Xanax, Ativan, massages, and chiropractors

    Paid back everyone I Shanghai'd into loaning me money to take Kaplan, the NCLEX and pay licensing fees
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    Quote from mclennan
    Paid back every bookie I'd ripped off at the track during nursing school to pay for books

    Paid back my drug dealer and bar tab I ran up during nursing school to deal with the stress

    Got all my mother's jewelry out of hock I pawned to pay nursing school tuition

    Paid off bills I ran up in nursing school on psychiatrists, therapists, anti-depressants, Xanax, Ativan, massages, and chiropractors

    Paid back everyone I Shanghai'd into loaning me money to take Kaplan, the NCLEX and pay licensing fees
    I'm starting to see a pattern developing here.


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