NURSE work schedule - page 6

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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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    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!
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    I swear answering all his questions is like nailing jello to a wall. it just isnt going to happen.
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    I have some friends, husband and wife who were both nurses at the same hospital. They nearly always managed to work alternate shifts so that one of thems was always home with the kids. Not rolling in money but solidly middle class.

    Nursing can be a very good gig... but it can also not be a very good gig... it really depends on which department you're working in and at which hospital. I've worked at two lousy hospitals and now work in a very good one.
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    Quote from 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!
    Thank you for answering my question. I want a good life bot having ti worry about bills and money and live not above my means.I'm just scared about funding a job
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    Thank you for answering my question. I want a good life bot having ti worry about bills and money and live not above my means.I'm just scared about funding a job
    everyone is worried about getting a job. In life there are no guarantees. Nursing has been affected as much as other professions. As you have barely started your nursing journey.....concentrate on good grades and the rest follow. Being a good nurse is not a rapid process....nor is finding a good job. If you are concerned about paying for school and employment after....you might want to check out this site....HRSA...Scholarship Program
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    Quote from Student Nurse_7
    Wow lol me an my girlfriend are going to school to be nurses we have a son will we live good? Average salary for nurse
    The word is AND not an. And you should have said my girlfriend and I. You might want to worry more about your ability to communicate properly instead of how much $$ you can make.
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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?
    Depends greatly on your location. Many, many nurses work only 3 and are off 4. Great for many families, but also depends on the age of your kiddos.

    One of the beauties of nursing the is vast spectrum of choices available to you regarding your hours.
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    Please keep in mind that becoming a NURSE requires SCHOOL. In nursing school, you will be required to do complex math, conduct academically sound research, give presentations and write grammatically correct papers in clear, concise English. You will be required to pass classes in Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology, chemistry.

    You cannot qualify for any kind of nursing exam or license until you pass nursing school with good grades. Knowing how to communicate clearly, with proper spelling, grammar & punctuation, will be very important in getting good grades. Nursing school is COLLEGE, just like any other degree.
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    Anyone else getting the idea that this isn't a nursing school student, but probably a primary school student? Not a 19 year old, but someone......younger?
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    Lol... I agree with the above previous poster!! No offense but the wording has me guessing what age is this person. Some of the questions are very repetitive!!
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