NURSE work schedule - page 4

Can you work 3 days a week an be off 4?? Hows the pay? ? What's the average starting salary? ? Hows life if you have a family vs a nurse?? What's the average pay check?... Read More

  1. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from Student Nurse_7
    Thank you so much! I can't wait to help and save people's lives!!!!Do you recommend this as a very good career in demand??
    Whenever I see prospective students say something along the line of "I can't wait to save lives!", I can't help but wonder if they're confusing nurses with EMT/paramedics.

    Yes, nurses are often involved in codes. But so are all members of the healthcare team, from doctors down to patient transport. "saving lives" isn't really what being a nurse is about.
  2. by   Student Nurse_7
    Well inform me then
  3. by   BrandonLPN
    Quote from Student Nurse_7
    Well inform me then
    Well, others could define nursing better, but it's more the promotion of health and the easing of suffering. I think TV has trained the general public to view nurses and paramedics as somehow interchangeable. But they're really not. And I think that ends up being a disappointment to some people. (BTW, my comment was a broad observation, not a comment on you specifically )
  4. by   anotherone
    i live ina rural area with cheaper rent but food and gas is very expensive. i still buy what i want with regards to food. I pay my rent, new car bill, insurance, cell phone, cable and internet, gas for my car, electricity and i still save some money. i now work threes 12s and some ot. in terms of schedule be prepared to rotate and maybe i the same week. i did . my facility rarely hires for three 12s it is almost all 2 twelves and 2 eights . days, evenings and nights. you are scheduled where they need you .
  5. by   anotherone
    UnleSs you are in a trauma er or icu you are not going to be saving lives left and right like they do on tv. Yes even a lowly med surg nurse like me has codes, catches acute changes in pt that really did save their life but you are not living "true er stories" every shift.
  6. by   Student Nurse_7
    Quote from anotherone
    i live ina rural area with cheaper rent but food and gas is very expensive. i still buy what i want with regards to food. I pay my rent, new car bill, insurance, cell phone, cable and internet, gas for my car, electricity and i still save some money. i now work threes 12s and some ot. in terms of schedule be prepared to rotate and maybe i the same week. i did . my facility rarely hires for three 12s it is almost all 2 twelves and 2 eights . days, evenings and nights. you are scheduled where they need you .


    Wow so do you like it????????? Does working times work good for familys
  7. by   Student Nurse_7
    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Well, others could define nursing better, but it's more the promotion of health and the easing of suffering. I think TV has trained the general public to view nurses and paramedics as somehow interchangeable. But they're really not. And I think that ends up being a disappointment to some people. (BTW, my comment was a broad observation, not a comment on you specifically )

    Its kool) lol but I want to help people and have a good career successful!!!!"
  8. by   ChristineN
    Quote from Student Nurse_7

    Wow so do you like it????????? Does working times work good for familys
    Depends what you mean. As a nurse you will be working nights, weekends, and holidays when daycare facilities aren't open so you may have to find someone to watch your child that doesn't mind your ever changing schedule
  9. by   Student Nurse_7
    Who could watch my child day care???
  10. by   ChristineN
    Quote from Student Nurse_7
    Who could watch my child day care???
    That is something you and your girlfriend would have to figure out. Maybe your girlfriend sometimes if she is off, maybe a grandparent. Really there is no right answer for this question but you do need to be aware that you will need to set up your own childcare
  11. by   roser13
    Quote from Student Nurse_7
    Who could watch my child day care???
    You are asking many somewhat unanswerable questions. Some things you must figure out for yourself as time goes on.
  12. by   dah doh
    As a new grad, you will most likely have difficulty finding a job afterward nursing school. You can increase your chances if you get a tech or unit secretary job at a facility while in nursing school. Volunteering at a facility is also another route in sometimes. Scheduling depends on where you work. Some positions work 8 hr and some are 12 hr. As a new grad, be prepared to work nights, weekends, and holidays. I am lucky that I work 12 hr shifts and I self schedule so I pick what shifts I want to work but there is still a weekend and holiday requirement. I usually get my requested shifts due to seniority but not always. Pay depends on what region you are in and varies upon the facilities. Can you have a family life? Sure but it takes work and planning on both your parts. It is doable because I live it. Is nursing a good career. Yes it is. I find my work rewarding. Is it a comfortable living? Depends on your definition of comfortable. I own a home in an excellent school district, own newer vehicles, pay for school for my kids, and save for retirement. We go on vacation when we want, eat out whenever we want, and buy stuff without worrying about the money too much. But you have to understand that we are not extravagant people! We also have minimal debt and no student loans! Do I know nurses who aren't living comfortable? Yes! Many make decent money and live way beyond their means so are in major debt! There is no secret...live within or below your means and you will live comfortably! Good Luck!
  13. by   That Guy
    I swear answering all his questions is like nailing jello to a wall. it just isnt going to happen.

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