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Joined Jun 13, '10 - from 'Somewhere'. She has '1 RN, 3 tech' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg, NICU'. Posts: 2,015 (60% Liked) Likes: 5,354

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  • Jan 22

    Thanks for the input.

    I guess I should add that I am debt free and childless. Part of me feels that now is the time to work my butt off and save save save before big expenses start coming up (kids and mortgage), but night shift is exhausting after awhile.

  • Jan 21

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 21

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 19

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 19

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 17

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 17

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 17

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 16

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 16

    You have twenty-five years of experience and only make 65k/base? Where on Earth do you live?

  • Jan 16
  • Jan 13

    Well what does the N in LPN stand for?

    Of course LPNs are nurses. Anyone who says any differently doesn't know any better.

  • Jan 9

    I agree that nurses are underpaid for what we do, but one thing I have noticed is that nurses in general put up with crap that others don't. While filling out a survey, a traveler nurse berated me for some of the negative comments I was putting in my employee feedback (we were having what I thought was a casual discussion), stating that "it was worse" where she came from and blah, blah, blah. So because working conditions are even crappier for nurses in other places, I don't have the right to voice negative criticism of my employer. Right.

    Also, nursing is a female dominated field, including social work and teaching, two fields that pay even less than nursing. My brother hasn't even graduated college yet and has accepted a job as an engineer making 77k with a 6% 401k match (dollar for dollar), opportunities for over time pay AND a 10k sign on bonus. My boyfriend, a CPA, is pulling just shy of six figures with amazing benefits (and only works 40 hr weeks, no weekends, holidays or OT). CPAs, while more diverse gender-wise, most management and higher paying positions are held by men. I, on the other hand, work two jobs and barely grossed 72k, working nights, holidays, weekends, with two highly stressful jobs.

    Part of the problem is the anti-educational attitude nursing as a whole holds. My brother's and boyfriend's professions require a minimum of a bachelor's degree...nursing doesn't. Much of nursing is against raising the standards (while grandfathering those already in the profession of course!). I have repeatedly heard disparaging remarks against those with BSNs online and in real life. It is frustrating and it hurts the profession as a whole.

    Nurses should've seen the writing on the wall when PHYSICAL THERAPISTS needed a doctorate and OT required more than a four-year degree. While I believe that PT/OT are important, they are not the foundation of healthcare. If those professions require extremely high degrees, can't nursing at least require a four year? There would be less of a glut as people would be less willing to spend four years vs. two years to sit for the NCLEX.

    As far as wage compression, I don't see that too often. New grads in my area start at 24/hr while the most senior nurses are making 45-50/hr (and rightfully so). In most professions, in order to see a bump in pay (such as 24 to 50), one must either job hop (which may not work in the more glutted areas) OR advance in his/her profession. Some bedside nurses will advance to charge or preceptor, but the role and expectations of the job stay the same, and newer nurses end up doing the same job and sharing the same responsibility as their senior counterparts.

  • Jan 7

    Quote from joanna73
    What some posters have pointed out is that you would be wise to be very cautious about using a psychiatric diagnosis to describe behaviour.

    Borderline personality disorder is often misdiagnosed and should not be used as an "umbrella".
    I have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I get tired of people throwing out personality disorder and other mental diagnoses so loosely. It is offensive.

  • Jan 4

    And yeah the fiance...dump him. A person who wants to hold you back and threaten you for something like what you've described is not boyfriend material.


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