Who do nurses make more than? - page 2

by Amber215

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Im passionate about this field, but let's be realistic here..I want to have a good job in ALL aspects aha I mean do nurses get bragging rights I mean what can a nurse actually do or buy?? I live in phila pa and want hmm lets say... Read More


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    I don't think you'll find an apartment with a pool for $1000/mo. Much less one that is larger than an efficiency. I'd focus on saving $ so you can buy a house and stop wasting money on rent. Right now, I earn $27/hr (give or take), put 30% into retirement (I missed my younger years, so have a lot of 'catching up' to do). After METRO costs, taxes, insurance (self), I take home between $1000-1400 every 2 weeks. My student loan payments are like $500/mo. My phone is like $100/mo. I live with my husband, I basically pay the groceries and some random expenses (getting car fixed), all the eating out and some extras while on vacation. But, money gets spent quite quickly. If you live cheap, you can probably do it. If you plan on buying stuff you can't afford (an expensive car, etc), then probably not. Please don't neglect your future to fund your present.
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    I already have a car and plan on keeping it for a very long time its not old 2010 but surely not new
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    I am single. I own a house and drive a new car (2012). I pay several hundred dollars in student loans every month, internet, cable and phone and still manage to go out regularly. I also work 2 jobs and work, on average, 51 hrs/week and do not have children. I do not think it's possible to live in the kind of apartment complex you describe for $1000/month. When I was renting, I was paying that for a studio that had nothing other than a coin operated washer/dryer in the basement.
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    philly pay for a new nurse is about $27 an hour. I looked into moving there before. Apartments downtown are going to be more than $1,000 a month. The ones i searched out were about $1500 for a one bedroom again all in dowtown area. Also philly, nj, and nyc has a surplus of nurses so you might not have any easy time finding a job in a hospital (usually pay more than ltc )
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    Quote from Amber215
    omg guyssss dont beat me up!! Anyhoo thanx for all your replies ...I dont think Im asking too much though!! I mean what about the apartment?? Or the random dining outs or the random Im going shopping moments Is any of that possible?? I am single and a single parent I didnt actuall mean whatever she wants but ya know maybe random spur of the moment toy store stops and stuff I don't know maybe you guys dont want to answer me specifically to what I asked and thats ok thanx anyway ahaha StILL want to be a nurse
    I wonder your educational level right now. Do you have your high school GED at least? How are you doing at school? Nursing school is some tough work ya know.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 30, '12 : Reason: TOS/quote txt speak
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    Quote from Seas
    I wonder your educational level right now. Do you have your high school GED at least? How are you doing at school? Nursing school is some tough work ya know.
    Some people think text speak is normal and appropriate in all situations. I'm waiting for the day when they add emoticons to the charting system.
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    Please do not write in text language. It is hard to understand and does not get your point across. If you write in complete sentences we will understand what your questions are and therefore be able to answer them.

    I think you are asking if you can pay your bills as a nurse? Depends on what bills you have and how you budget your money. You can live beyond your means at any salary level. But yes you can live off a nurses salary. Because if you couldn't let's be honest a lot of us wouldn't do this work if we weren't well compensated for it.

    Do I take a vacation every year? Yes, I took 2 this year but again it is something I budgeted for. I don't have children but yes I would be able to support a child on my salary alone. I live in an apartment with a gym and a pool. I bought a house and sold it to move out of state. I have a decent car not a luxury car but a nice one. But I live down south so the cost of living is cheaper. I'm currently saving to purchase a condo. If I want to splurge on something then I budget for it.

    If you become a nurse maybe you should meet with a financial planner so you will have tools to budget. And again please we beg of you write in complete sentences. It will be good practice for nursing school. I use my iPhone for this site so my paragraphs and sentences are not double spaced. And I know it is hard to type on these phones and punctuate. I'm guilty of it sometimes but I type out full words. It isn't that much harder to do.
    Last edit by DoeRN on Nov 30, '12
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    "..apartment cost about 1k a month ..car payments..insurance plus ..internet, ..cell, ..clothes for me ANDmy daughter will ..give my daughter almost whatever she wants ..have money in my pocket at all times..please dont tell me to cut my expenses ..vacation at LEAST once a year..BABYSITTER ..buy things at the spur of the moment ..go out to dinner at a nice restaraut worry free?." You can live decently but Not Without Worries on a nurse's salary. You would be in the 99%. it sounds like you want to be a 1%-er. Forget nursing. Marry Donald Trump.
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    Here's the thing, if nursing was still a job but you had to choose between nursing and no pay or a redundancy package what would you choose? Knowing for well that money doesn't make you yourself happy, in the words of linkin park 'when the rich wage war it's the poor who die' and possessions cannot be with you either!!!! I would rather not be paid to do a job I'm passionate about than have money to buy possessions
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    Quote from Amber215
    omg guyssss dont beat me up!! Anyhoo thanx for all your replies ...I dont think Im asking too much though!! I mean what about the apartment?? Or the random dining outs or the random Im going shopping moments Is any of that possible?? I am single and a single parent I didnt actuall mean whatever she wants but ya kno maybe random spur of the moment toy store stops and stuff Idk maybe you guys dont want to answer me specifically to what I asked and thats ok thanx anyway ahaha StILL want to be a nurse
    Anyone can outspend any income and that's why no one can really answer your questions specifically. I'm guessing that you're fairly young and have some maturation to attain before choosing your field of study. Why not start college in a general major and see where your interests lie? Your life's work is not only about how much money you make or the lifestyle you can afford. You have to want to do what you're doing or you'll be miserable, even if you do have the $1,000 apartment and can afford random toy store purchases and dinners out.
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