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

  1. 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?
    Last edit by Brian S. on Aug 29
  2. 336 Comments

  3. by   LovingLife123
    I have yet to encounter a place that pays more for the BSN degree. Not one. Don't know where you live but $26.52/hr is not an bad wage where I live. New grads start out lower than that.
  4. by   Wuzzie
    You have just stepped in it big time. Best be prepared for the blow-back you are about to get.
  5. by   Kareegansee
    What is your dream position that you have been applying for? Is there anything that you could do to boost your resume for that prior to applying again? How many years of experience do you have? $24 was all I made for the first 2.5 years. I would keep working at it rather than leave the nursing field after all of the time and money you have put into your BSN.
  6. by   caliotter3
    You can move to an area where the pay is better, and the cost of living is probably up there, or you can change your career. That is how I see it. I doubt furthering your education by obtaining an MSN is going to be an option because that is probably not viable in your present area.
  7. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    This should get interesting.
  8. by   sallyrnrrt
    How much experience do you have?
  9. by   HappytobeARNP
    If you are considering leaving nursing based off of pay alone then it probably isn't the field for you. We all obviously want to be paid our worth but if there isn't anything more than compensation keeping you in nursing then you won't truly be happy. When applying for jobs are you listing your qualifications and matching them to the listed position? Maybe you need to add some additional skills or education. Maybe it's just a matter of selling yourself better. Either way I think that you should decide if nursing is even what you want to do. If you could do anything else what would you do and is it going to pay what you are seeking? I'm sure that you know by now that nursing is very flexible. You may need to diversify yourself and find your niche but at the same time it definitely has to be something you truly enjoy.

    Best of luck to you!
  10. by   Lev <3
    I started at around $25 as a new grad with a bachelors. Not sure where you live but that sounds like good pay for nursing home work in my area for a person with 1-2 years experience.
  11. by   Jedrnurse
    "nor is this type of nursing really meant for nurses who have BSN degrees"

    Okay, I'll go there.

    Did you really write this? I guess that means that (inferring from your writing) BSN nurses are more qualified, so patients in nursing homes are not worthy of highly qualified nurses...
  12. by   Zyprexa
    Here we go again!

    I've got popcorn if anyone wants some
  13. by   elkpark
    Maybe what one needs to do is reevaluate one's "pay expectations." Or learn to "do well in" a specialty that meets those expectations.
  14. by   not.done.yet
    Purplegal, I don't know what to tell you. After your history here of elevating some nurses while bashing others, I say yes....you should probably consider getting out of nursing...though I doubt very much you will make more money doing so - at least until you complete schooling for some other career. If you go back to school I would encourage you to seek out something that doesn't lend itself to the idealistic crash and burn nursing has turned into for you.