Poor nurses - page 8

I have been at my facility for 2 years now. I am not complaining about the work--we all know that it is exhausting, patients never satisfied, endlessly busy BUT....now that I have gotten to know... Read More

  1. Visit  gettingbsn2msn profile page
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    Sunshinebaby,

    I am the OP. This is my point exactly. Lots of people have written about driving old cars, lowering the standards of living, buying less (i hardly buy anything). However, my point is why should one have to live like a pauper to be a nurse. I read on these message boards about people taking out student loans to go to nursing school. I am sorry to tell them but you cannot make student loan payments and eat on 18/hr. They can flame me all day long but it does not change my opinion. I have not had a raise in 2 years all the while utilites are going up, groceries up, property taxes up and of course after Jan 1 income taxes going up. One more thing to add, not one soul has mentioned saving for retirement on 18/hr. Why should a nurse who will break his or her back over the course of a career not even make enough to save for their own retirement. Truly astounding if you ask me!
    fungez, afox, pedicurn, and 1 other like this.
  2. Visit  Buran09 profile page
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    Quote from alissadancer
    Oh my goodness, if a nice house costs 180k, $18/hr is very good pay for your area.
    In my neck of the woods, a "starter" home would cost about 300k, and new nurses make about $30/hr. It's still considered far above average pay. I suppose it's all relative though. Even in a low cost state, I imagine it would be hard to afford a house, kids, car, etc. on your own.

    You should certainly be getting more raises though. I hope.
    Places with very low cost of housing are usually not very attractive to live at. Also cost of living is more than just a cost of the house. Cars, gasoline, travel, electronics, food, clothes, cable, internet, cell phone, etc. cost about the same regardless of the area.
  3. Visit  Bumashes profile page
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    Good Lord girl, run! I'll agree that it is about limiting yourself to what you can afford, but there are some exceptions. I see people I work with who, after hurricane Katrina, worked 4 12's per week almost every week for 3-4 years straight. So they were able to adjust their lifestyles a bit higher, you know. But, recently, my hospital has begun cutting that kind of overtime out. Not that we don't still need them to work OT, but they're only allowed a bit at a time now. So, it sucks bigtime for them since they financed things on a bigger budget. I know they should have been more conservative, but still.
  4. Visit  iPink profile page
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    Quote from gettingbsn2msn
    Sunshinebaby,

    I am the OP. This is my point exactly. Lots of people have written about driving old cars, lowering the standards of living, buying less (i hardly buy anything). However, my point is why should one have to live like a pauper to be a nurse. I read on these message boards about people taking out student loans to go to nursing school. I am sorry to tell them but you cannot make student loan payments and eat on 18/hr. They can flame me all day long but it does not change my opinion. I have not had a raise in 2 years all the while utilites are going up, groceries up, property taxes up and of course after Jan 1 income taxes going up. One more thing to add, not one soul has mentioned saving for retirement on 18/hr. Why should a nurse who will break his or her back over the course of a career not even make enough to save for their own retirement. Truly astounding if you ask me!
    OP, I hear you loud and clear. This is a career you plan to retire in, but is struggling to even contribute to that retirement. I'm sadden for you and others in your hospital that can't make ends meet.

    I'm unemployed right now while I'm in school. This has been a humbling experience for me. What I get on unemployment is higher than what some of the LPNs are getting at your hospital. I had to change my lifestyle drastically. I'm gratefully to be able to pay my rent, utilities, etc on what I get. But, I wouldn't feel good to finally get my RN license and land a job that is basically paying me the same amount as unemployment.

    I haven't read through all the posts, but are there any openings somewhere else? Is it feasible for you to possible move? See what areas you can try to cut corners so you can contribute to a savings.
  5. Visit  Buran09 profile page
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    Quote from gettingbsn2msn
    I have been at my facility for 2 years now.
    What are the nurse to patient ratios at your hospital?
  6. Visit  RN9742 profile page
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    Quote from RhiaRN75
    To the person who lives well with a family on $19, I ask... how? I'm not being sarcastic, truly. I'm all for being frugal. I use coupons, shop goodwill and the like, almost never dine out, and have cut our budget to the bone. Admittedly, medical bills have hurt us more then anything, but even when those are gone we won't have much breathing room. I'm willing to try almost anything so long as it legal
    We are quite frugal to be honest, and we do not have many extras. My husband used to make 30 dollars an hour, when he lost his regular full time employment 2 yrs ago it was a shock to our entire family. I will openly admit that there are times when I have no idea how we are making it. BUT it is possible, we do it. For me the kicker was we were making too much for food stamps on unemployment, well then where was all the money going! That was when we took a hard look at our finances and cut out all the extras. Due to a couple healthy income tax returns we have even managed to pay down our debt while he was unemployed. We are still living in our same home, nice area and adequate.

    It is possible to survive on very little you just need to be willing to give up things, unfortunately many people are so accustomed to having things, and luxuries that they do not realize that some of those things are indeed luxuries, not required to live.

    I will honestly say, I miss cable, I miss family outings a few times a month, I miss going out to eat once a week, I miss a lot of luxuries we had before. In the long run we will be in a better place though, and those luxuries will mean even more because of the sacrifices we made to ensure our financial stability for the long term.
    cute-1 and ZiggysGal,LVN like this.
  7. Visit  jbshof profile page
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    Quote from RedhairedNurse
    Wow that is super low pay. I'm very sorry. I would def leave
    and go some where else if I were you. Texas - I make over 25 per hour and only in my second yr of being RN. There are LVNs where I work that make close to what I make cause they've been with the company a long time.
    I'm a new nurse, and thinking of relocating to Texas per there aren't many internships in Fl. Do you have any suggestions? Any info that you might be able to provide would be appreciated.

    Thanks
  8. Visit  jbshof profile page
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    Quote from RedhairedNurse
    Wow that is super low pay. I'm very sorry. I would def leave
    and go some where else if I were you. Texas - I make over 25 per hour and only in my second yr of being RN. There are LVNs where I work that make close to what I make cause they've been with the company a long time.
    Texas seems like one of the better areas to work.
    Last edit by jbshof on Jul 21, '10 : Reason: remove

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