Pay check??

  1. What was your reaction to your first check?
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   Nurseadam
    Quote from All Star_Pre Nurse
    What was your reaction to your first check?
    happiness!
  4. by   All Star_Pre Nurse
    Quote from Nurseadam

    happiness!
    Lol was it a big check?
  5. by   lagalanurse
    Much happiness! I get paid every 2 weeks and my first check was $300 less than what I used to make in a full month at my previous job as a marketing coordinator. And I'm not even at my full rate, I get $4 less an hour while in orientation!
  6. by   All Star_Pre Nurse
    Did you get a new car? House?? Shop how was it.?
  7. by   All Star_Pre Nurse
    Quote from lagalanurse
    Much happiness! I get paid every 2 weeks and my first check was $300 less than what I used to make in a full month at my previous job as a marketing coordinator. And I'm not even at my full rate, I get $4 less an hour while in orientation!
    Wow sounds like alot!!!!
  8. by   KelRN215
    Ha, your first pay check in nursing will be nowhere near enough to buy a new car or a house.

    I paid my rent, bought groceries and probably my student loans. After that, nothing was left. It took four years of working full time to save up enough money to make a down payment on a house... and even then, I had to cash a ton of old bonds to do it. You don't make a lot of money in your first years as a nurse... not in the least, especially with the economy how it is now and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements down... raises are stagnant because of that but the dollar is worth less and less every year.
  9. by   Akeos
    Hahahaha, A New car or house...good joke! I paid my bills, just like i've done with all my pay checks.
    Last edit by Akeos on Feb 2, '13
  10. by   Racer15
    I put a third of it into savings, so I can start saving for a new car. It's going to take me at least five or six months of doing that to get a good down payment on a new car. I know people that ran out and bought a new car the day they graduated but that just seems stupid to me. To each their own I guess!
  11. by   Racer15
    Slight disappointment, when I saw how much was taken out for taxes in all honesty.
  12. by   tdarden
    In order to make more you have to specializ and gain experience first.
  13. by   dah doh
    Nice dinner out with hubby. Start to pay down student loans. Savings. Pay bills.
  14. by   RNewbie
    I was bummed. I never had a full time job before. Didn't realize the amount of taxes that would be taken out being single w no dependents. Also, got really depressed realizing that I made more working part time as a server and cocktail waitress than as a nurse.

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