What RNs REALLY earn $$ - page 7

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   MHauck
    I'm a Nursing Supervisor under contract to the state of Indiana thru a consulting firm and make 80,000 + benefits
  2. by   tru2self
    I will never understanding the ignorance of our leaders. If we have no nurses left then where does that leave the doctors' and the hospital? Nowhere, exactly, this is the most ridiculous concept I have ever heard of...
  3. by   hogan4736
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    A friend works 6 12 hour night shifts. She is well worth it.
    I could not do it, but she does. She has family who clean, pay the bills, wash and iron her uniforms, and pack a meal for her. She is wonderful to patients and no more grumpy than anyone else.
    Her family enjoys the big house she makes payments on. Kids are grown. Isn't that almost $5,000.00 a week before taxes.
    More power to her...

    We all have a drum whose beat we follow...

    I have two young kids and only work 2 days/ week...60,000/year...

    I like my (away from nursing) life...

    600,000/year of working, eating and sleeping...No thanks!!!

    BUT...

    You do your own math...

    Maybe in 20 years I will want what she has...

    Now, no...That's the beauty of nursing...

    I just left 7+ years in the ER for long term care...

    Do THAT math!

    Sean
    Last edit by hogan4736 on Jul 2, '03
  4. by   asher315
    I must be doing something wrong...I've been nursing 20 years and make about $12/hr more than when I started in '83. I'm really not complaining, I really make enough to enjoy what I want but who wouldn't like to get paid more, esp concerning the jobs we do. My mother always said that nurses, fireman, cops and teachers should be paid in proportion to their importance and actors and sports stars on an hourly basis. I wouldn't mind 20 million a year.
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Originally posted by mattsmom81
    I guess I'm a little concerned that $$$ seems to be such a motivator for so many nurses and nurses to be.

    There's a whole lot more to this career and nursing jobs than $$$. Not just quality of life/cost of living of the area; but culture of the hospital, staffing, support...the whole environment of the place and how it feels to the individual. Knowing what makes you tick and where you are happy is a biggie in this field!!
    Money shouldn't be the main motivator. But given the current deteriorating conditions in hospitals and the abusive working conditions, it may be.

    I would like to know the difference that I make in my patients' lives. I would like to see the progress that they make. With current HIPPA regulations, we cannot find out their progress, with floating we have little continuity of care. I enjoy collegial friendships with my coworkers. Due to floating, shortstaffing, and nurse having to be better than each other to be promoted, there is little collegiality. I like a stable working situation and with "flex" staffing, that it hardly possible. I like to separate my work life and my home life - How many phone calls did I get for required meetings on my day off, and to work OT?????? I like to have patients that want to get well - How many junkies did I have to act as legal drug dealer for last week? When you see your patient on his smoke break meeting with the local drug dealer at the corner of the hospital - or he mugs you on the way to your car - or the dying pt whose family breaks in to cars in the parking lot -then begs to not be arrested, because "Daddy's Dying!", you tend to lose some faith in making things better.

    And in some cases, the money provides a nice "save" for the days that you feel beaten up by the system. Especially, when the fractured ribs from the mugging hurt so much that they keep you from sleeping.

    Sad but all to true.
  6. by   nursemelanie
    I am a student going for ADN at the community college here in California. Does having a BSN make a big difference in your pay compared to an ADN.
    This discussion is very interesting to me cause I have heard of new grads starting out at about $28-30 here, but I have called some Hospitals and they say they pay new grads about $24-28. So I guess you just have to shop the closest hospitals to you and see which one you want to work for, which one is worth it.
  7. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Originally posted by caroladybelle
    Money shouldn't be the main motivator. But given the current deteriorating conditions in hospitals and the abusive working conditions, it may be.

    I would like to know the difference that I make in my patients' lives. I would like to see the progress that they make. With current HIPPA regulations, we cannot find out their progress, with floating we have little continuity of care. I enjoy collegial friendships with my coworkers. Due to floating, shortstaffing, and nurse having to be better than each other to be promoted, there is little collegiality. I like a stable working situation and with "flex" staffing, that it hardly possible. I like to separate my work life and my home life - How many phone calls did I get for required meetings on my day off, and to work OT?????? I like to have patients that want to get well - How many junkies did I have to act as legal drug dealer for last week? When you see your patient on his smoke break meeting with the local drug dealer at the corner of the hospital - or he mugs you on the way to your car - or the dying pt whose family breaks in to cars in the parking lot -then begs to not be arrested, because "Daddy's Dying!", you tend to lose some faith in making things better.

    And in some cases, the money provides a nice "save" for the days that you feel beaten up by the system. Especially, when the fractured ribs from the mugging hurt so much that they keep you from sleeping.

    Sad but all to true.

    ((((((Caroladybelle)))), I am so sorry all that happened to you. You are one hell of a nurse to still be in this field even after all that awful stuff happened. Obviously, it's not all about the money for you although, I think you deserve a BIG fat juicy raise girl! Take care.
  8. by   caroladybelle
    Originally posted by navynurse29
    ((((((Caroladybelle)))), I am so sorry all that happened to you. You are one hell of a nurse to still be in this field even after all that awful stuff happened. Obviously, it's not all about the money for you although, I think you deserve a BIG fat juicy raise girl! Take care.
    Thanks,

    I work as a travelor these days. No mandatory meetings, people expect less OT from us and actually Thank us if we work OT. I have worked no holidays in the last year and 1/2, as agency charges extra for them. I play tourist on my days off and make decent money (more than I did but not as much as could if I really worked my derriere off). And I take things less personally at work these days.

    As far as the mugging, well I should have just given up my bag - it had little of value in it. Instead, I fought and argued, and got dragged on the street. The med bill probably cost more than the loss from the bag would have.

    Just too stubborn for my good.

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