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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

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    I work the weekend program at my hospital, I work Fri-Sunday, 12 hrs shifts. I have Mon-Thursday off. I was able to bid on this job after being off orientation 1 full year, and I got it. I make about $34.00 and hour. I work at a hospital in PA, so there I've answered your question. Also, yes there are many ADN nurses that work the weekends as well. I have 2 bachelor degrees one being my BSN. Good luck. I am quite comfortable, I have extra money and we have two kids. My husband has a good job as well. Hope this helped you. Good luck.

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    Quote from Student Nurse_7
    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?

    I used to work 2 days on, 2 days off, etc., etc., and I always got holidays and weekends it seemed. Not fun. I was on nights. My family life suffered. The pay is... well it gets me by. Nothing to write home about. I now work 5 days a week, weekdays only, 7:30 Am to 5 PM, pay is not as good but I need holidays and weekends and am not nocturnal so what can you do.
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    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??
    Nursing is currently not as "in demand" as people believe. New grads in my state struggle to obtain employment and, up here, with a 2 year degree obtaining a job in the hospital is next to impossible. I do not know what the job market is like in North Carolina nor does anyone know what it will be like when you finish your program.

    A family with two nurse parents can live a good life... when I worked in the hospital I had a colleague whose husband was the Nurse Manager of a Neuro ICU in the hospital next door. They lived in an expensive town and had three children- both of their sons played hockey which is not an unexpensive sport. My colleague worked per diem for many years and when she accepted a permanent position, it was only 20 hrs/week. These people both also had close to 25 years experience as nurses so they made more money than inexperienced people. I have no doubt that my colleague, who worked 20 hrs/week was taking home as much if not more money than I was working 36 hrs/week.
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    Quote from Student Nurse_7
    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?
    1. Yes. However your exact schedule needs to meet the facility's staffing needs, so don't expect that it will always be 3-in-row-on with 4 off, or the same 3 shifts every week.

    2. Depends on where you work, what you do, your education, your experience, your negotiating skills, and plain old chance.

    3. Can depend a lot on where/when/what you work. Family life is always possible.

    However there may need to be compromise on one/all sides. For example, if being there for your family is the most important thing and you're only willing to work weekday days, you have severely limited a lot of your job prospects. Nothing wrong with your only wanting to work weekday days, but employers don't have to kow-tow to you. You may have to work for a lower hourly rate or in a specialty/setting you don't really like.

    Likewise, if you love working nights, you really need the support of your family behind you, because you'll be sacrificing some family time either to work or to sleep. If you SO/kids aren't supportive, it can lead to a lot of family tension.

    4. See #2. Also throw in how many hours you work a week. Full-time is 36-40 hours a week. Part-time is under 36/40. Per-diem hours can be anything from 0-40 or more but per-diem work is not guaranteed: you may get 40 hours one week, none the next, only 15 in the week after.

    OT laws vary by state: some require you go over X hours a day to get OT; others only count OT after you go over X hours a week.
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    I have a question for some that recently graduated here. Since this is the topic to ask, are some of you able to pay your regular bills (car, rent, cellphone, etc..) and your student loans and still have some left over to save for extras?
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    Pay will also depend how much you work.

    One of my colleagues pulled down about $135,000 last year but he works a ton of OT. Another colleague who is higher on the scale but works no OT at all pulled down just shy of $80,000 last year.

    Bedside nurses are, by and large, non-exempt, hourly employees which means that the monthly pay depends on how many shifts you work.
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    Quote from brittne
    I have a question for some that recently graduated here. Since this is the topic to ask, are some of you able to pay your regular bills (car, rent, cellphone, etc..) and your student loans and still have some left over to save for extras?
    Yes. I pay rent, car loan, car insurance, cell phone, home internet (no cable), payments on $22K in student loans, retirement contributions, and 10% of my paycheck to savings.
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    My, so many loaded questions, so little time....

    I remember what a "good job" and "great pay" looked like at 19. I assure you that number is a fraction of what I make now, and my current pay could use some perks to look better.

    At one time, nurses were in greater demand and could therefore earn more money and new grads could be reasonably assured of finding not only instant jobs, but ones that came with sign-on bonuses. Nowadays, new grads often have difficulty finding ANY jobs, let alone their top choices. Depending on the area you live in and the needs of that area AT THE TIME you are applying, you could either find decent employment---or not.

    Comfortable living on a nurse's pay? Yes, no and maybe, like pretty much every job out there. It is not easy money by any stretch. And you may have to do a whole lot of jobs you don't like much before anyone ever lets you get a chance to "start saving lives!!!!!!".

    Check with your school's job placement center to see how they do at finding positions for their grads. Take a look at the job listings at local hospitals and nursing homes to see what they are looking for, and what the rate of pay is.

    Only time will tell if your paycheck is worth what went into getting it......we can't.

    Best of luck to you.
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    I think you should explore various jobs. Nursing is not a easy degree for those that want a quick buck. Not saying you need to be "called" just motivated enough to research independtly and make a decision.
    loriangel14, Fiona59, and BrandonLPN like this.
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    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.
    shamrokks, anotherone, loriangel14, and 2 others like this.


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