I have seen many posts about not working at for profit hospitals. What is the difference? I'm talking work-wise, not the obvious reason. I'm asking b/c I am contemplating leaving my job (Nurse Tech in L & D) when I am done with school to work at a for profit hospital that is associated with Mayo. Some people have taken clinical there and really like it. I always said that I wouldn't work there b/c I had my baby there and had a really bad experience. Now, I am kind of thinking about it b/c they pay $24/hr starting vs. $18 or $19/hr where I am now. That's a big difference when you're starting out. They also have a great incentive plan (come in 1 extra shift in pay period and get $500, 2- get $1000...max of $1000). My friend works CCU there 3 days a week and then picks up one or two extra days. She is making major money. Is it stupid of me to think this way? I am so tired of being poor and money is money. I can always go back to the other place if I hated it. The place I work now won't tell me what they will pay me when I am done with school, but I would assume it would be more than a new hire. For goodness sakes, they started me out at $16.25! What do you think?