lifestyle of a RN - page 2

just curious... Since RNs are one of the top-paid professionals nowadays :) what's the most popular credit card used by nurses? How did the license change your way of living?... Read More

  1. by   missmercy
    True. Guess I haven't made all that many major purchases that I didn' just write a check for-- guess I don't get out much either! You can hardly make reservations etc without one-- that was one of the "fun" reasons we got one. But then we always wanted the security of the card if we had trouble traveling or whatever (haven't done much traveling since the kids came though---- HMMM!)
  2. by   1styear
    nurse1day -can't tell you how many friends and friends of friends I know who work 70-80 hour work weeks and make 45k a year. They stay late every night slaving over their desks hoping to climb up the ladder and every year their efforts go unrewarded. Congrats to you for joining a great field!
  3. by   EmeraldNYL
    I think I make pretty decent money for a new grad but then again the work I do is HARD. I come home exhausted and the fiance wonders why I just want to go to sleep. Many friends have told me they would never in a million years do what I do. Since graduating, I was able to buy a brand new Acura, which I love, and I have the money to have a nice wedding in June. Other than that though, I have tons of student loans to pay off.
  4. by   missmercy
    Quote from EmeraldNYL
    I think I make pretty decent money for a new grad but then again the work I do is HARD. I come home exhausted and the fiance wonders why I just want to go to sleep. Many friends have told me they would never in a million years do what I do. Since graduating, I was able to buy a brand new Acura, which I love, and I have the money to have a nice wedding in June. Other than that though, I have tons of student loans to pay off.
    Nursing is an exeptionally fabulous field!! There are so many different ways one can practice nursing and it is not a BAD paying profession. I know that our income is comfortable and we are able to put money aside for the kids education too!! I know there are others who make more $ doing less horrific work, but they can't have he same rewards either -- I can't think of any business deal that would be as rewarding as bringing a new baby into the world, giving a hurting person some relief from their pain or being there for someone who is dying. Those are the rewards that I work for -- the paycheck is a necessity -- but the extras are why I love being a nurse!!
  5. by   Sadie04
    I know the pay isn't fabulous in nursing, but it's better than what I got paid as a teacher, that's for sure!
    I disagree about credit cards - we have a US Airways Visa that we use to pay for everything (groceries, gas, our truck, etc) each dollar you spend is one frequent flyer point. We pay off the balance each month and in April we're flying to Spain, Italy and Greece using the miles we've racked up over the last 5 years. The key is not to charge more than you have in your account to pay it off, it's not that difficult IMO.
  6. by   missmercy
    Quote from Sadie04
    I know the pay isn't fabulous in nursing, but it's better than what I got paid as a teacher, that's for sure!
    I disagree about credit cards - we have a US Airways Visa that we use to pay for everything (groceries, gas, our truck, etc) each dollar you spend is one frequent flyer point. We pay off the balance each month and in April we're flying to Spain, Italy and Greece using the miles we've racked up over the last 5 years. The key is not to charge more than you have in your account to pay it off, it's not that difficult IMO.
    My dad was a teacher! When I went to get my MSN, he was bout to bust a gut when I said it was going to have an education emphasis! He taught high school for 40 years and while he loved it, he always suggested that we kids do something other than teach -- he calmed down when he found that it was a double emphasis -- administration too. However, I really LOVE having a job that combines teaching, admin. and patient care too!!
  7. by   redwinggirlie
    [QUOTE=bellehill]
    Quote from indulgentmom
    just curious...
    Since RNs are one of the top-paid professionals nowadays


    RNs do recieve good salaries but not when you take into account what is involved in our jobs. To say we are one of the top-paid professionals is a little far-fetched.

    Receiveing my license has changed my life very little. Now I can work 48 hours a week in 4 days, come home covered in substances I won't mention and have back problems at the age of 27. On the plus side I am making a difference in the lives of my patients, at least some nights. Oh yeah, one more thing...now I can give free medical advice to family members who won't listen to me anyway.
    Geez girl. Take it easy. Take your clothes off at work and wear their scrubs. Then go to the gym before you get home. At least you can shower there... I'd rather be doing this than bringing shopping carts back in from the lot. No telling WHAT'S on those carts!
    Nursing is great. Yeah, it's got it's downs, but everywhere you go does. I am paid well. It's not the pay that takes me where I punch in. It's what I do.
  8. by   Sadie04
    Quote from missmercy
    My dad was a teacher! When I went to get my MSN, he was bout to bust a gut when I said it was going to have an education emphasis! He taught high school for 40 years and while he loved it, he always suggested that we kids do something other than teach -- he calmed down when he found that it was a double emphasis -- administration too. However, I really LOVE having a job that combines teaching, admin. and patient care too!!
    My Dad is also a teacher - he suggested I not become a teacher, and I wish I had listened! I do have an interest in going back to school eventually, possibly to be able to teach nursing, maybe after I get a few more years of experience under my belt. How do you like it?
  9. by   Tweety
    I have the "Nursing" Visa card, the one that is in the Nursing2004 magazine. Every other month they are raising my limit. Right now it's at $25,000. I could do some serious damage with that one. But being a top-paid profressional I don't need credit cards.

    Actually the card has come in handy, as I've had a lot of expensive dental work at the same time doing some home improvements. Now I'm working overtime to pay it off. I hate being in debt.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Lifestyles of the rich and famous?

    oops no wrong thread sorry.

    I do just fine, thank you. NOT making near enough for what I am worth, but someday I will change that on my own........if I am fortunate and hardworking enough, I will be contracting out services to people willing to pay well.......

    hospital nursing, while a living somewhat, is NOT where it's at.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    when you get into nursing, you will see why so many leave nursing.....it's not for the fainthearted.
  12. by   nekhismom
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    when you get into nursing, you will see why so many leave nursing.....it's not for the fainthearted.
    Amen to that, girl!

    While I am grateful for having the ability to work, and to become a nurse, I do think that pay for nurses is NOWHERE where it needs to be. My degree is allowing me to move to a nice, warm location, and allowing my dh to take some time off from a job he we desperately burnt out on. That's a good thing. Now, when my dh gets a job, it will be better all around. But not for now.
  13. by   nurseunderwater
    don't use them....if I don't have it, I don't get it.

    How has nursing changed my life??? BRB.... :stone

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