What RNs REALLY earn $$ - page 4

I have been reading that many feel most RNs make about $60,000. a year, or $25-$30/hr. Here are the stats on what nurses really earn from The U.S. Dept of Labor: Earnings Back to Top ... Read More

  1. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by cchina_doll
    I wished I new how you nurses make that much. I completed my BSN from an ADN, and even that made no difference in my wages. I made 27,000 last year in nebraska, and according to our board at the hospital in nebraska, that is the average wage here. Ive also checked elsewhere in nebraska. Nobody even comes close to earning what i am readying here. AM I happy about the situation here...??? NO. but there isn't anything I can do about it. They can pass legislation to get teachers for higher wages here. I think its time to do something for nurses. Is there a nursing shortage?? no. Nurses are going (at least in nebraska) to other jobs where they can make more, rather than working as a nurse.
    This is the post that got me! Until recently a BSN was required for nursing in Nebraska. I can't believe that unbelieveably low pay! I hope that wouldn't be indicative of what would happen if minimal BS were eventually required in nursing.
  2. by   ScarlettRN
    I for one have to say that if I love my job, the price is not as important as it is when I hate going into work. I never even thought of how much I made until I started doing charge and quit enjoying my job.
  3. by   mistersleepy
    Originally posted by cchina_doll
    I made 27,000 last year in nebraska, and according to our board at the hospital in nebraska, that is the average wage here. Ive also checked elsewhere in nebraska. Nobody even comes close to earning what i am readying here. AM I happy about the situation here...??? NO. but there isn't anything I can do about it. They can pass legislation to get teachers for higher wages here. I think its time to do something for nurses. Is there a nursing shortage?? no. Nurses are going (at least in nebraska) to other jobs where they can make more, rather than working as a nurse.
    I live in Nebraska, have been a nurse for 1 year (ADN) and make $32 an hour. I suggest you check with some other facilities!
  4. by   mistersleepy
    Originally posted by sbic56
    This is the post that got me! Until recently a BSN was required for nursing in Nebraska. I can't believe that unbelieveably low pay! I hope that wouldn't be indicative of what would happen if minimal BS were eventually required in nursing.
    Wrong state, a BSN has never been required in Nebraska, that is North Dakota, a VERY DIFFERENT place!
  5. by   SandyB
    Which is more important?
    Money?
    Job satisfaction?
    More time w/pts and for pt teaching, lower pt load?
    Woud you take on even more pts for more money? Or be happy to get no raises if they would just lower the pt load?
    When I worked acute care I would have taken a pay cut if they just had more nurses! It's hard on the emotions to be unable to really care for the pts...and hard on the back with so little help!
  6. by   DMR1
    Although nursing is a very rewarding field to work in, money plays a big part for me. Job security and money are key
  7. by   POPRN
    I used to love my job, and would have done it for less money. Now I dread going to work everyday. The management doesn't take care of the staff at all. Favoritism is terrible here. The money isn't too bad for me. I work without benefits so I get more $$ on the hour. But no amount of money is worth the dread I feel when I have to go to work. The upside is the hospital is 5 minutes from my house, the doctors are nice to work with for the most part. I look in the paper daily for a new job. But this is the south and hosptials just don't pay well and jobs are hard to find.
  8. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by mistersleepy
    Wrong state, a BSN has never been required in Nebraska, that is North Dakota, a VERY DIFFERENT place!
    Ah...my mistake! Sorry about that!
  9. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by SandyB
    Which is more important?
    Money?
    Job satisfaction?
    More time w/pts and for pt teaching, lower pt load?
    Woud you take on even more pts for more money? Or be happy to get no raises if they would just lower the pt load?
    When I worked acute care I would have taken a pay cut if they just had more nurses! It's hard on the emotions to be unable to really care for the pts...and hard on the back with so little help!
    All aspects are equally important. I would never barter for what I considered most important. I can only see myself being the loser and the employer being the big winner, if it came down to those tactics. I want to be paid what I am worth for a reasonable job done.
  10. by   susanmary
    Originally posted by sbic56
    All aspects are equally important. I would never barter for what I considered most important. I can only see myself being the loser and the employer being the big winner, if it came down to those tactics. I want to be paid what I am worth for a reasonable job done.
    Ditto. Working conditions, staffing for acuity, etc. are very important. Solid salary & benefits are important too. We shouldn't have to pick one or the other.
  11. by   susanmary
    Originally posted by mommajoe
    I just hate to hear how teachers complain about making such low salaries. My mom has been a teacher for approximately 20 years and still continues to complain about pay. Hey, my thoughts are why don't you try working all summer long and a whole lot less days off. Don't get me wrong I love what I do and don't want to teach in a public school, but teaching does have benefits as far as time off!!!
    mommajoe, good for teachers -- they earn & deserve every penny they get. The entry into teaching is a bachelor's degree, and in my state you are required to complete your master's degree within 10 years -- and teachers are required to complete yearly ceu's. Unionized. The hours are great -- certainly teachers bring home their work, work late, etc. but it can certainly be a very nice life. We shouldn't begrudge teacher's .. it's a different profession. We should, however, expect to be compensated with a solid salary/benefits, & safe working conditions. We chose nursing. Teachers chose teaching. It's like comparing apples to oranges. But ... if I were to do it all over again ... I would have become a teacher in a heartbeat.
  12. by   sbic56
    susanmary

    ITA! Good teachers are jewels, as are good nurses! We need to appreciate and reciprocate BOTH of these equally important professions for their worth.
  13. by   Babe
    I just found out that the place where I'm doing my externship will be paying the new male nurses more money than they will for their female hires. Is this happening everywhere are just in the south?When questioned they have a lame reason stating male nurses are usually head of households and need more pay, wish I had that one on tape. I know more female head-of-house-holds than male now days espically in nursing !It seems the ones talking big bucks here are mostly males, unless using male names for safety. Anyway it burns my but--

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