Quote from brownbook
.. If money is all that you love, then that's what you'll receive
Who cares that much about money? All I'm ever reminded of is the Star Wars quote.
I grew up in a very financially comfortable well to do family. Not so rich it was a "big deal" to us, but very comfortable life style. My parents were miserable, and all us "kids" are pretty miserable as adults!
I never strove for riches. Give me poor but happy over rich but miserable any day! Yeah, I'm being a little sarcastic, unrealistic. I do need enough to put a roof over our heads, food on the table, etc.
Since we live modest comfortable life styles we are very comfortably off financially even with our "poorly" paid jobs. My husband was a social worker, (also a traditionally female job). With his MSW and advanced certification, being bilingual, working 40 hours a week, I made more money than him working 32 hours a week with my ASN degree!
So was your family "miserable" because of their affluence or in spite of it?
It's interesting to me that there seems to be this idea pervasive in society that because money can't buy happiness, it means that one cannot have money and be happy.
I've been rich and I've been poor, and I can state categorically that while money can't buy happiness, it can buy decent access to health care, ability to help those less fortunate, and a good night's sleep not worrying how one is going to put food on the table or provide a decent education and future for one's children. It can buy experiences like world travel, advanced education, and a solid retirement, and perhaps help for one's descendants down the line.
There is nothing wrong with having money-it's how you handle it or go about getting it which can be the problem.
I believe nurses are underpaid and underappreciated as a general observation. Of course there are outliers; some here have spoken of pretty big salaries they are paid as nurses (generally not bedside nurses unless they are working ungodly hours or all the worst shifts). And as with anything, it's all relative. Even the most poorly paid RN is still rich in comparison with many people living in this big world of ours.