Who do nurses make more than? - page 4

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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    If one tends to live beyond their means, they will tend to do so no matter how much they make. The retail cashier who spent $300 dollars he didn't have on sneakers will become the RN who spends $15,000 he doesn't have on a new jet ski. I know people who make twice as much as me, but they have more debt and less savings because of their "gotta have it" mentality.
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    You have to create a budget and live within it.
    Avoid debt/credit cards.
    Drive a used car to avoid new car payments and high insurance costs.
    Eat at home most of the time.
    Take your lunch to work.
    Shop at thrift and second hand stores (did you know you can often purchase brand new name brand clothing at many Salvation ARmy or similar shops?)
    Participate in cost savings programs that your employer might have that will allow you to pay for child care or health care costs pre tax.
    For most of us in nursing, our wealth is not in our bank accounts, it is in our families and our work. Learn to be content.
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    Your finances will depend on how much you spend to go to school and how much (less) you can live on while getting your education. Nursing school doesn't have to be expensive but for me I wasn't able to work much and went in to debt because of it. So now I have huge student loans as a reward for being very devoted to school work. Nursing is not an easy job. Its the hardest thing I have ever done and I have worked some back breaking jobs.
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    ^^yes, this. You have to learn to be content. If you look for happiness in "stuff" you'll never find it. I speak from experience. Been there, done that. Doesn't work. Enjoy your daughter by spending time with her, teach her things. She'll remember that, not all the crap you bought her, or the expensive restaurants. And you won't really find happiness in buying more and more stuff. Find hobbies where you set goals for yourself. Lifting weights, sports stuff like that. Having what you want and being happy are often two very different things.
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    You can ALWAYS outspend your income, no matter how HIGH it is! The trick is knowing a want from a need and staying out of debt.

    Having said that.......$$$$ alone is a p-poor reason for becoming a nurse, or anything else for that matter.
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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.
    A new LPN down here is lucky to see $28-30K annual pre-tax, btw. But, we don't have a state income tax...just sky high rates on OTHER taxes.
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    One of my coworkers pulled down $133,500 last year... worked insane amounts of OT but the cash is there...
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    I'm just going to say this. My sister is an LPN....she left a $30,000 a year correctional officer job that doesn't require a college education for a $32,400 nursing career. We live in the south so Im pretty sure it's higher in different states. The only thing $200 or a little more a month would get her would be a car note or rent. I wouldn't expect to see a huge jump in pay unless you have more education such as a RN or BSN and then I wouldnt expect to make it being a single parent with all of the expenses you're hoping to get. Also if you do go further, you might wanna add in student loans after you get out of school. Financial Aid will only get you so far.
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    I don't know if it's possible to gauge the OP's complete reasons for wanting to chose nursing as a career from her post.

    Imho, there's nothing wrong with figuring out in advance if a job is likely to provide sufficient compensation to provide for what you need...and a certain amount of what you want, too.

    The OP has a child, which means financial responsibilities. People's need for money isn't necessarily constant over a working career. A single person may be OK with less money until it's time to have a family, buy a house, save seriously for retirement, etc.

    Money generally isn't considered a "satisfier" in a job, especially if it's a job one doesn't like.

    But lack of money is a dis-satisfier, even in a otherwise rewarding job. And if I'm going to be dis-satisfied, I'd just as soon have the money for my trouble.
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    If your only reason for becoming a nurse (or pursuing any job, for that matter) is money, you're bound to become a very unhappy person. Money should never be the paramount reason for choosing a career--yes, it can be a factor, but not the most important reason.

    You say you want to be a "good nurse caring understanding gentle nurturing", but you never once mention committed, intelligent, selfless, or dependable. There seems to be a huge gap between dreams and reality as far as what nurses actually do. I've never known a nurse who was able to sit for hours with a dying patient, or spend even adequate time comforting a family member or patient. While most of us would love to show our 'gentle, understanding, caring, and nurturing' sides, our days are filled with charting, confirming orders, passing meds, cleaning up all sorts of bodily fluids, and maybe making one run to the bathroom in the course of an 8 hour day.

    Moreover, in spite of what you've probably heard about a nursing shortage, that's far from reality. Schools are churning out new grads faster than spots are created or vacated. Competition for jobs is intense. There is downward pressure on wages because of the surplus of warm bodies to fill the jobs. It's only going to get worse. And, the competition doesn't begin with employment, it begins for the coveted spots in schools. It's getting harder and harder to be accepted.
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