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Losing to gain?...

  1. 0 I took the job. Been a MedSurg RN for a little over a year, small town medsurg. LPN 1 yr, and CNA 3yrs prior...anyway...Learned some great stuff, but needed to get into more learning and exposure to more acute pt's. Have always thought I wanted to try E.D. nursing. I took the job in the E.D. 25 miles away, presently i walk around the corner and across the lawn to get to work. I also took a $2/hr paycut.
    With no chance of getting to an ICU, or our ED where I currently am, I took the job. Sheesh, it kinda hurts taking the paycut, but there were more than that on the table, I will now get ED experience and keep moving from there. I am a loyal, hard working person and I don't miss days of work, so it feels weird leaving so soon...
    Have any of you taken a $2/hr paycut to switch jobs in nursing??
  2. 12 Comments

  3. Visit  not.done.yet profile page
    #1 0
    Yep. Took a pay cut to go to day shift. No regrets here.
  4. Visit  RNewbie profile page
    #2 0
    I would take a pay cut if it allowed me to gain the kind of exp I wanted. For people who do not live paycheck to paycheck, $2 less is only a couple hundred. I would not miss a couple hundred a month.
  5. Visit  ChristineN profile page
    #3 0
    I just took a paycut to go from PRN to full-time, however with my benefits like PTO and tuition assistance I feel like I am breaking even. Have you compared benefits at your new position to your old position to see how they compare? I personally would still have accepted the job you did, even with the pay cut
  6. Visit  NurseCard profile page
    #4 0
    I have done that, yes. If it's a job that you really want, then to me it's worth it.
  7. Visit  Altra profile page
    #5 0
    Yep, have done it. It was worth it.
  8. Visit  Good Morning, Gil profile page
    #6 0
    I haven't yet, but I would if it was something I wanted to do. That is the definition of the nursing profession. Any job one takes that is considered more ideal in this field is going to involve a pay cut, at least most of the time.
  9. Visit  DEgalRN profile page
    #7 0
    I took a $4 pay cut moving from acute care to public health. But it was the right move for me and I'm glad I did it.
  10. Visit  LTCNS profile page
    #8 0
    I took a $3 pay cut to move from LTC to a wound healing/hyperbaric clinic. Some days it's worth it and others I'm not so sure. Benefits and hours are good. It's not a bad job, I just have physical issues making it more difficult for me to work 5 days a week.
  11. Visit  healthstar profile page
    #9 0
    I would take a pay cut in a heartbeat! My health comes first, and if the current job is hard on your body mentally, physically, emotionally , and you are not happy at all in that environment, the extra money is not worth it! As a new graduate I would focus more on getting a job and experience over money. I understand that money is very important to survive, and every dollar counts. But I would rather sacrifice by eating whatever I can afford and save my body, mind, and avoid depression!
  12. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
    #10 1
    I took a pay cut when I became a nurse.
  13. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
    #11 0
    I took a 7 dollar pay cut from Rehab nursing to a Pediatric Facility nursing as an LPN...that hurt...stayed there when I became an RN, increased 3 dollars...New job dollar increase, but get differentials, plus clinical ladder increases.
    It was worth the pay cut to eventually move up in salary.
  14. Visit  Georgia peach RN profile page
    #12 0
    Did the same thing you are doing for the some of the same reasons.
    had a LPN position where I had worked in the same facility for almost 10 yrs. but was in a place where they didn't want me to work in other departments, I felt traped, felt like I couldnt grow. so went to another facility 20 miles from my old facility where they allowed me to work in just about all departments. took a $3 pay cut but -- Better benifits, Better education program which reimbursed me for my RN. now making more that I ever expected. : ) (but if the truth were known I would do this job without pay)