Who do nurses make more than? - page 3

by Amber215 | 12,307 Views | 72 Comments

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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    Find out average salary for a new nurse in your area. Then put all your wants in an excel spread sheet and calculate how much it will be per month including utilities, babysitter, spending money. Every possible expense.

    Then calculate your monthly pay as a nurse minus taxes.

    See whether you are left with deficit or some left over to stick in savings.

    That will be the only accurate answer.
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    Quote from Amber215
    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 a really nice apartment in a building that has a pool gym etc etc just a really nice one maybe cost about 1k a month or a little more also I want to be able to afford my car payments and insurance plus internet, cell, clothes for me ANDmy daughter will I be able to give my daughter almost whatever she wants ( I have just one child) with that being said I want to do all that and have money in my pocket at all times ..So my question is will being a nurse cover all that? I want to help people I want to be that good nurse caring understanding gentle nurturing BUT i also want to make a living ya kno SURVIVE ahaha is it possible and please dont tell me to cut my expenses I will not! SO give it to me straight lol will nursing cover this and oh yah I also want to vacation at LEAST once a year LETS NOT FORGET BABYSITTER almost slipped my mind aha and I would also like to be able to buy things at the spur of the moment or just all of a sudden go out to dinner at a nice restaraut worry free!!! is it possible basickly I wanna know the real deal about the money part thanx in advance

    Ok, first of all you haven't even mentioned saving for your daughter's college or your retirement. I guess material things are too important for all that grownup stuff.

    But I'm not taking this too seriously.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 30, '12 : Reason: TOS/divisive
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    Yes, there is no mention of her current job
    Last edit by Esme12 on Nov 30, '12 : Reason: TOS/divisive
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    I don't think nursing is a profession to consider because of the money. You will never be paid enough for what you responsibilities are. Nursing school is very difficult and not something you should consider on a whim. Nursing schools are very competitive with LONG waiting lists for entry. Even after graduating you have to pass the Registration exam before you can work as an RN Just like other professions in today's economy.....about 47% are still looking for employment 15 months after graduation.

    What do you do right now? What assistance do you have with your daughter?

    Nursing is a long arduous process but upon graduation you will make somewhere around $25.00 as a national average. The higher the starting salary the higher the cost of living will be in that area. I think in most areas of the country an apartment with amenities like a pool are not found in the $1,000.00 range. Remember you will have student loans to pay for.....you will have to pay for your daughters daycare/night care for the clinical hours are not flexible....you do clinical when they say when they say it is. You will work holidays and weekends as well as evenings and nights. You will be yelled at by patient and families and not paid the same courtesy that they give a waitress AND you won't be receiving any tips.

    Nursing requires maturity and insight to deal with the day to day brutalities of what humanity is and does to each other.....it is not all rainbows and lollipops.

    Regardless of what you have heard there is NOT nursing shortage. Wander over to this thread.......http://allnurses.com/general-nursing...ge-752411.html I think It will be enlightening for you.

    Whatever you choose, I wish you the best on your endeavors!
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    I am married. No kids. My husband is military so sadly I don't think we'll own a house for awhile until I know we're going to settle down for awhile somewhere, but as of now it seems like we will be moving every couple of years. With that said, we rent. Our apartment is $925/mo. My husband pays with it with his BAH (basic housing allowance). I pay the other bills (cable, internet, electric, etc). We split insurance costs since we both have full coverage on our vehicles. I bought a brand new car (2012) and paid it all off within a year. We are doing just fine. When my husband was deployed I supported myself for the most part.


    For the record, I live in Texas, about an hour away from Austin. I make nearly $30/hr with my shift differentials, $35/hour with OT.


    Nurses are not rich by any means, but the pay is decent and you can live off of it.
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    A new nurse, on average, makes about $3,000 after taxes over here in the midwest. I would be able to afford a very nice apartment and have extra money if it wasn't for my student loans which adds up to 1k a month. So, I still have to budget myself. So the answer is no, I really doubt you would make what you are hoping for. Nurses do NOT make a lot of money. We do however make enough to get by and a little extra. So maybe this career doesn't have the salary you are looking for.
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    Why do you want to give your daughter "everthing she wants"? That's a good way to spoil her. And spoiled children often go on to be awful adults.

    At any rate, nursing is probably on of the best jobs in terms of comparing how much you make to how much school you needed to get there. A LPN with a year or less of education can expect to make at least 40k a year. And a RN with an associates will make about 60k. Give or take 10k for both, depending on the cost of living where you are. Also remember what kind of a nursing job you choose will affect pay. A LPN in a doctors office won't make much, but the work is relatively low stress and you will have "normal people" hours. LPNs in LTC will make close to RN wages, but they bust their hump.
    Last edit by BrandonLPN on Nov 30, '12
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    Nursing pays better than most other jobs you're likely to get as a woman with a Associates or Bachelors degree. I've been an executive assistant, meeting planner, and hotel convention sales manager. Made $12 - $18 an hour. My mom is a librarian and was thrilled when she made more than $10 an hour.
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    Quote from CDEWannaBe
    Nursing pays better than most other jobs you're likely to get as a woman with a Associates or Bachelors degree. I've been an executive assistant, meeting planner, and hotel convention sales manager. Made $12 - $18 an hour. My mom is a librarian and was thrilled when she made more than $10 an hour.
    And to be a librarian you need a masters degree. A masters!!! Talk about no return for your investment.
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    Yikes! Sounds like the wrong reasons to go into nursing to me!
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