What to Do When Your Pay Expectations Do Not Match The Specialties You Do Well In - page 2

So, I am in the process of searching for a full time nursing position so I can leave my second job. So far, there are no offers except for numerous shifts at the nursing job I currently work part... Read More

  1. by   NightNerd

    Is this a matter of being able to support yourself, or one of being adequately compensated for what seems to be an unsatisfying career for you? While it's true that this career, in some areas more than others, doesn't lend itself to a glamorous lifestyle, I would imagine that most salaries for an RN (regardless of education) would make it possible to support oneself and build some savings over time.

    If you are truly miserable in your work and have developed a "pay expectation" based solely on what you deserve for this misery, then maybe you should consider a different career - though you are already in one with a salary that many, many people envy.
  2. by   not.done.yet
    If memory serves, you are working two different jobs racking up an absurd number of hours per week, to the detriment of your physical and mental health. I really doubt you are going to find one single full time job, even in the ICU you so covet, that will make you that kind of money. Time to prioritize.
  3. by   Mavrick
    Move. Relocate. Hit the road.
    Apparently you do not have the skills for the higher paying jobs in your area.

    You need to find some employer desperate enough to hire an unqualified employee and be willing to pay you to obtain specialized skills. Those hospitals probably won't give a hoot about your BSN.
    Last edit by Mavrick on Aug 25
  4. by   caliotter3
    I'll tell you one thing, if I had any inkling that nursing was going to pay me close to minimum wage if, and only if, some employer graced me with a job in between periods of protracted unemployment, I never would have gone down the nursing path. You are going to have to deal with the reality of the situation and make appropriate changes, or change your attitude so that your misery does not poison every aspect of your existence.
  5. by   AJJKRN
    Audacity will not equate to a higher wage...

    If you were expecting a higher wage for getting your BSN I believe you have discovered that you are sadly mistaken. While a BSN can open more doors job-wise, it does not command a higher pay.

    I'm guessing you're still trying to get dried off after that bubble bursted...
  6. by   JBudd
    Our union negotiated differentials for degrees many years ago, our local school only did Associates level. A whopping 50 cents an hour.
    I don't get much more for my MSN.

    Other than that, your BSN does not make you more special than any other nurse, it is how you use that knowledge that will set you up.

    Don't like your pay? It is likely the same that every other nurse in your area makes. You want change? start a union.

    You have some decisions to make, live within your budget or find another place to live with higher local pay rates and live within your budget there.
  7. by   That Guy
    Time to do some inner reflection if no one wants to hire you. Just saying...
  8. by   atriRN
    Quote from HappytobeARNP
    If you are considering leaving nursing based off of pay alone then it probably isn't the field for you.
    ^^^Completely agree. I would do some soul searching and really determine if nursing is right for me. The passion for the work you do should supersede your desire for top compensation. I've often thought about how much money I could be making if I did XYZ work, but its not worth the monetary gain if I dread going to work every single day or have no genuine interest in the work..
    Hope you find what you are looking for!
  9. by   phiir
    Quote from JBudd
    A whopping 50 cents an hour.
    That is the norm for where I am - $.50/hour extra. It wouldn't surprise me to see the $.50/hour differential go away as more and more facilities make it a requirement since many hospitals are requiring that ADN's sign a letter of intent that states they will pursue their BSN and get it within 3-5 years of hire.

    As for the OP, $32/hour isn't unreasonable if you have the experience and qualifications, so ask yourself what you lack and then try to work toward attaining these things to make yourself more marketable.
  10. by   Here.I.Stand
    Quote from purplegal
    At $26.52/hr, the wage is not what you would expect a nurse with a BSN to be making, nor is this type of nursing really meant for nurses who have BSN degrees.
    Thought #1... what the what??? Did you just say that??

    Thought #2... uff da, yeah you really did. (Thought #2a) I typically don't say "uff da" unless I'm especially flabbergasted.)

    Thought #3...Actually, I had an amazing geriatric nursing class in my BSN program. Far and away, it was the class where I learned the most. Also, since geriatrics is a specialty practiced by GNPs, why the heck would geriatrics NOT be "meant for nurses with BSN degrees?" A BSN RN is hardly overqualified for geriatrics...... in fact one can be underqualified for it.

    Thought #4... This site has nearly a million members. I wonder if there are any nurse managers who find your resume awfully familiar?
  11. by   Irish_Mist
    Quote from purplegal
    So, I am in the process of searching for a full time nursing position so I can leave my second job. So far, there are no offers except for numerous shifts at the nursing job I currently work part time at, a skilled nursing facility. At $26.52/hr, the wage is not what you would expect a nurse with a BSN to be making, nor is this type of nursing really meant for nurses who have BSN degrees. Because of this, I have been applying to the employer I have always dreamt of working as a nurse at, to positions that would pay at least $32/hr, which is more reasonable for a BSN nurse to be making. So far, all of decent paying positions have sent rejections. One possibility would be to apply to a skilled nursing facility associated with this employer so I could just have one job. However, the pay, at $23/hr, is unacceptable. I am looking to increase my pay, not decrease it. I do well in these types of nursing jobs, but as I mentioned, they do not meet my pay expectations. The jobs that meet or exceed my pay expectations do not appear to be interested or a good fit for me. Not sure what I should do. Should I possibly leave the nursing profession if I cannot find a good job with good pay?
    So the geriatric population isn't worthy of us almighty BSN educated RNs? *sarcasm*
  12. by   Castiela
    Having a critical care advanced diploma and working in icu earns me an extra $50/ month. Having a BSN $100/month. Not much extra but I am way happier in icu than on the floor, so totally worth it
  13. by   beekee
    My first job, with my ADN, paid $26.15. Geriatrics. I got an extra pat on the back for my BSN. I have friends who do home health and make $35. Another is at a similar facility (geriatrics) as me and pays over $30.

    I've heard hospice can pay well. Not every better paying job is in a hospital. And I hate to break it to you, hospital jobs suck. (Well, not always and not for everyone, but what you covet may not be what you want)