WAnt OUT - page 2

Hello, I have been a RN 25 years, did Hospice, homecare, and hospital. Currently in the hospital as staff nurse. Most of my career spent in hospital floor nursing. It is ugly there and I want out.... Read More

  1. by   smk1
    as a student i just thought id throw this out there. There is a severe shortage of nurse educators, many students are waiting noths and years to make it into nursing programs due in part to the shortage of teachers. If you have an msn maybe teaching could be the next step for you, if you have a bsn maybe go bak to school if you are so inclined and then you will have a whole new nursing career ahead of you same for adn (though it will take a bit longer) WE STUDENTS NEED YOU! if teaching isn't for you though, maybe school nursing or occupational health, insurance, workers comp nursing etc... Good luck finding something that won't suck your spirit away!
  2. by   TeenyBabyRN
    Quote from smkoepke
    as a student i just thought id throw this out there. There is a severe shortage of nurse educators, many students are waiting noths and years to make it into nursing programs due in part to the shortage of teachers. If you have an msn maybe teaching could be the next step for you, if you have a bsn maybe go bak to school if you are so inclined and then you will have a whole new nursing career ahead of you same for adn (though it will take a bit longer) WE STUDENTS NEED YOU! if teaching isn't for you though, maybe school nursing or occupational health, insurance, workers comp nursing etc... Good luck finding something that won't suck your spirit away!
    This would look to be a lot more appealing an option to burned-out (or even non-burned-out) nurses if it did not mean going into debt to obtain a graduate degree only to earn less than you did as a staff nurse -- come on folks, what is up with that?? The people these instructors are educating are going to have other peoples' lives in their hands someday. One would think that would be worth something...

    I would love to teach as I enjoy teaching other people (and I am REALLY burned out!), but I make little enough as it is. I can't afford to go into debt so I can make less.
    sigh
  3. by   smk1
    Quote from TeenyBabyRN
    This would look to be a lot more appealing an option to burned-out (or even non-burned-out) nurses if it did not mean going into debt to obtain a graduate degree only to earn less than you did as a staff nurse -- come on folks, what is up with that?? The people these instructors are educating are going to have other peoples' lives in their hands someday. One would think that would be worth something...

    I would love to teach as I enjoy teaching other people (and I am REALLY burned out!), but I make little enough as it is. I can't afford to go into debt so I can make less.
    sigh

    very true which i why i asked first if the op had an msn already (hey you never know!) anyway i do agree that teachers make pitiful money! but sometimes if you enjoy a job even if you are making less it is worth it!
  4. by   berta l rael
    Quote from smkoepke
    very true which i why i asked first if the op had an msn already (hey you never know!) anyway i do agree that teachers make pitiful money! but sometimes if you enjoy a job even if you are making less it is worth it!
    Hi , wanting out is a feeling that I have gone thru, I have been a nurse for over 35 years, I have done it all, I know work in a school setting keeping kids in school and I love it. I know that slowly I will go back to my nursing, but I needed a break. Working side by side with teachers is awesome and you truly appreciate what they go thru.Maybe trying something new for a while might just be the thing to do.
  5. by   angel337
    Quote from Mary Austin
    Hello all and thank you for your responses. I work the 3rd shift and just do the best one can to take good care of people. I do a good job of it too. It just discourages me that the "shift wars" in the hospitals still go on no matter where I work. I get 7-8 patients a night on an ortho floor. It is difficult work and I am sure I will be in line to get my hips and knees done in the future! It just wears on the body. Many older nurses are talking retirement now. It is difficult to change jobs when I am making 50 dollars an hour. We all deserve more! This so called shortage is on our side which helps to raise our wages. I look forward to slowing down and changing jobs in four years. That is my goal. I live in a low paying area, Olympic Peninsula of Wa State and commute many miles to work in Seattle. Moving is out of the question. I appreciate your thoughtfullness and suggestions....thanks. This is a great site and I am glad I found it! It is like any job....there are good and bad days.

    many nurses feel the way you do about the wages and that is why they stay. it is very difficult to find a job that will pay $50/hr on a steady basis the way nursing does. this should not be the only reason people continue in nursing but if you can't find a job that can support your lifestyle you feel forced to stay where you are. sometimes it is best to take a lower paying job to be happy. you have tons of experience and you will be an asset no matter where you go. you sound like you are already in the process of moving on to plan B. you will make the right decision.
  6. by   J. B.
    Quote from angel337
    many nurses feel the way you do about the wages and that is why they stay. it is very difficult to find a job that will pay $50/hr on a steady basis the way nursing does. this should not be the only reason people continue in nursing but if you can't find a job that can support your lifestyle you feel forced to stay where you are. sometimes it is best to take a lower paying job to be happy. you have tons of experience and you will be an asset no matter where you go. you sound like you are already in the process of moving on to plan B. you will make the right decision.


    50$ hr ...what part of the country are you in. I make 26 with a 4$ shift diff doing nights here in Colorado Springs, CO Just wondering where that 50$ comes from


    Not that it matters I am making it so I dont have to carry the buckets anymore.

    In any respect...being in business for your self but not by yourself and creating income without needing to be there is a key to financial freedom.

    Terry Mason
    AKA John Bosco
  7. by   MelissaRN
    Quote from John Bosco
    50$ hr ...what part of the country are you in. I make 26 with a 4$ shift diff doing nights here in Colorado Springs, CO Just wondering where that 50$ comes from


    Not that it matters I am making it so I dont have to carry the buckets anymore.

    In any respect...being in business for your self but not by yourself and creating income without needing to be there is a key to financial freedom.

    Terry Mason
    AKA John Bosco
    John, I am in Maine and I work with nurses that are making almost $50 an hour, but they have also been with the hospital for 20-something years. LOL.

    Oh and what does "carry the buckets" mean?
  8. by   J. B.
    Quote from MelissaRN
    John, I am in Maine and I work with nurses that are making almost $50 an hour, but they have also been with the hospital for 20-something years. LOL.

    Oh and what does "carry the buckets" mean?

    It means metaphorically trading time for dollars as rather to building a pipeline. I'm building that pipeline and part of that business is sharing it with others.

    I see what you mean above. I know there are other places in the US that pay better and lived it in Southern Calif for some years throughout Orange County. I lived the bacholer beach bum life and had a great time making 4 times what I started out making in Wichita KAnsas. That decision cost me something very precious however and to this day I grieve over it. It was a destiny thing and I have grown from that decision in many demensions. It's just when I speak of it I can't help but remember the decisions I made and how they have affected me over the years.
    Damm Im rambeling

    Terry Mason
    AKA John Bosco
    Last edit by J. B. on Jun 2, '04
  9. by   angel337
    Quote from John Bosco
    50$ hr ...what part of the country are you in. I make 26 with a 4$ shift diff doing nights here in Colorado Springs, CO Just wondering where that 50$ comes from


    Not that it matters I am making it so I dont have to carry the buckets anymore.

    In any respect...being in business for your self but not by yourself and creating income without needing to be there is a key to financial freedom.

    Terry Mason
    AKA John Bosco
    i am in chicago. $50/hr is very common here. we have multiple univeristy hospitals and trauma centers so nurses can work for agencys or work in house resgistry and easily make over $40/hr. you only need one year experience to work for an agency or registry. favorite nurses, which is a well known nationwide agency starts critical care/er nurses with $55/hr. The Op mentioned in her/his post that that was one reason why it was hard to leave nursing. i can see why.
  10. by   stbernardclub
    wowsa...i am still blown away about the 50 dollars an hour a hospital pays.Would love to see that happen here in Pittsburgh area.Our cost of living is just as high as say Chicago.I just don't get it.Our highest agency here for I.C.U. only would pay a max of 42,but most pay about 30.....and thats no benefits!
  11. by   Mary Austin
    Quote from angel337
    i am in chicago. $50/hr is very common here. we have multiple univeristy hospitals and trauma centers so nurses can work for agencys or work in house resgistry and easily make over $40/hr. you only need one year experience to work for an agency or registry. favorite nurses, which is a well known nationwide agency starts critical care/er nurses with $55/hr. The Op mentioned in her/his post that that was one reason why it was hard to leave nursing. i can see why.
    Yes! I work in Seattle and that is why I earn that wage after 24 years experience. I am nearing the top of the scale. I told a co-worker that she would definitely see the day when 70 dollars an hour would happen....she was a new grad a year out. It is difficult to say no to this type of pay. My last job paid 31 dollars per hour. And they all keep asking if it was worth it....Certainly it was since I work less and make more. I have met traveller nurses who make more than 50 per hour.

    Mary

    Mary
  12. by   jaymee77
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I too am a student and just wanted to offer some encouragement, my college has a waiting list 2 years long for students that yearn to make a difference in your life! and yes, i can honestly say that the whole reason that i want to be a nurse is underlined in nurse theory verses that are ringing in my head. (it's finals week) 50 dollars an hour sure sounds good for someone like me that is paying for college with a 11 dollar an hour job, but its not WHY i want to do it. Please remember that although it is terribly frustrating to feel like you're working too hard for too little pay, that you are making a life or death difference every single day when you deliver 2 hours of pain relief and 30 seconds of your time just CARING. Try to get that feeling selling cars.

  13. by   J. B.
    Quote from jaymee77
    [font=Comic Sans MS]I too am a student and just wanted to offer some encouragement, my college has a waiting list 2 years long for students that yearn to make a difference in your life! and yes, i can honestly say that the whole reason that i want to be a nurse is underlined in nurse theory verses that are ringing in my head. (it's finals week) 50 dollars an hour sure sounds good for someone like me that is paying for college with a 11 dollar an hour job, but its not WHY i want to do it. Please remember that although it is terribly frustrating to feel like you're working too hard for too little pay, that you are making a life or death difference every single day when you deliver 2 hours of pain relief and 30 seconds of your time just CARING. Try to get that feeling selling cars.
    bump you to the top get more noticed more responses too.
    terry mason
    AKA john bosco

close