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ThePrincessBride, BSN, RN 52,878 Views

Joined: Jun 13, '10; Posts: 2,234 (62% Liked) ; Likes: 6,390
Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg, NICU

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    PMFB-RN likes this.

    Quote from PMFB-RN
    This is awful. Do you ever think of leaving for a place that values its nurses?
    Sure have thought about it. I have been at my place of employment for two years. At four years, my accrual rate will go up to about 5.5/pay period...that at least gets me to four weeks of PTO. I would love to mention to HR how horrible this PTO rate is, but I doubt it will go over well (imo, it should be at least 8 hours since it has to cover both sick and vacation time).

    I will go into work even if I shouldn't because it takes me four months to accrue one week's worth of vacation. I love to travel abroad and I need every bit of my PTO to do so.

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    A pitiful 4.7 hours every two weeks, 5.2 if I work 80 hours in a pay period. That equates to a little over 3 weeks (10 shifts/3) per year.

    It is PTO and includes both sick and vacation time.

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    As a black person....I refuse to put myself on the organ donation list. Medicine has a history of giving black people substandard care..I wouldn't be shocked if I come across horror stories of minorities getting poor treatment due to having great organs to harvest. I want them to do everything possible and I am afraid some prejudiced doc wouldn't.

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    Luckyyou likes this.

    Quote from Leader25
    Very busy assignment,I would not po feed longer than 20 mins,that's our standard,three slow feeders is too much,not having a decent meal break is unacceptable,you are NOT paid for your lunch hour,you are working for free.Unless you know you will get back your time somehow when it is slow stop working for free.There is a value to your knowledge and experience.
    Actually it is pretty standard on my unit to have three feeder-growers who suck at sucking and it is the case in many lower lower NICUs.

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    Quote from Altalorraine
    It does sound heavy to me. After all Nicu is an *ICU* which should mean a limited patient load for each nurse.
    Depending on the unit. The vast majority of NICU (Level III and below) consists of feeder-growers and babies on CPAP or NC. Very few are extremely sick and usually they end up being a 1:1 assignment.

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    Why are all babies fed on the same schedule? We have two feeding schedules : 8, 11, 2, 5 and 9, 12, 3, 6. Also, feeds do not have to last thirty minutes. In fact, if a baby is a poor feeder, it is best to limit feeds to even shorter intervals as at some point they just start burning calories trying to learn how to coordinate suck/swallow.

    Very doable assignment, though your night/day would have flown by!

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    headofcurls likes this.

    Quote from KatieMI
    We fly in Europe (and everywhere else) two or three times a year for a few days. Is it counted?
    I'd say so.

    I don't have my own place and, up until my car was totaled, I was driving a car with nearly 150k miles on in. Plus, I was carrying a Samsung 3 for FIVE years until it literally couldn't keep up with today's apps and technology and would barely function. Instead of getting a 1000 dollar IPHONE, I got a very basic smart phone, and I replaced my car with a gently used (yet certified) Civic.

    I think I live pretty luxuriously in comparison to most of the world. I get to go the movies as much as I want (for less than 10 bucks a month thanks to moviepass), I take two international trips a year to pretty awesome places (South America, Asia, Europe and Africa), I wear decent clothes (nothing fancy, Old Navy and Torrid) and I can eat out without worrying about my CC bill (and rarely is it a a sit-down restaurant.)

    Compare to many people in the universe who are living in poverty or paycheck-to-paycheck, THAT is the definition on luxury. And it can be had on a nurse's salary.

    It is all about perspective.

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    Quote from KelRN215
    I have found the opposite to be true in my 11 year career. My only friend from college who makes more than me is one of my old roommates who works in finance. I make significantly more than my mother, who has a master's degree and 40ish years experience in teaching, and about $20K/year than my best friend who has a PhD and is the team lead of her department at her job. One of my friends who works in high tech made the same as I did the last I knew (~3 years ago) but I have changed jobs and make about $6K/year more now than I did then. And my boyfriend has 2 bachelor's degrees and I out earn him by $40K/year. For a Bachelor's Degree career, I think nurses can do quite well.

    Yesterday I was down in an area of my city having dinner where they are building "luxury" apartments. I looked up the cost of these apartments and a studio is $2750/month. I could afford that if I wanted to stretch my income but that's not what I desire to spend my money on. I can own a 3 bedroom house in a more residential part of the city and pay less than $1800/month for mortgage, insurance, taxes and PMI and then have more discretionary income to spend on things like travel.
    I think it depends on which profession you are comparing yourself to. Of course, you are going to out-earn most we have seen in the news, many teachers haven't gotten raises in over five years.

    My brother is a fresh, new grad with an Engineering degree from a VERY prestigious university. Before even graduating, he was offered a job (from his internship) making 77k per year with a 10k sign-on bonus with 4 weeks PTO and 6% 1:1 401k match. My boyfriend is a CPA in his 11th year and makes over six figures...a bedside RN with similar amt of experience in my area isn't making over six figures unless they are working crazy amt of overtime.

    I am almost in my third year of nursing and, while working two jobs, only made 69k last year. That is WITH holiday, evening and weekend work. However, compared to other majors in their third year, I make much more.

    The problem with nursing is wage compression. Sure, we make decent money starting out, but then we top out with a much lower ceiling than quite a few other professions.

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    Quote from Serhilda
    You are compensated fairly, that's the point. It's one thing to state nurses in your hospital deserve a pay increase, unions, etc, but when nurses look at the average $70k salary for RNs and find a bone to pick here, they need a reality check. Yes, nursing is hard, but so are hundreds of other professions that pay even less with fewer benefits. The average American earns about $27k while the average person with a bachelor's degree earns around $50k. As I said, we're doing fine, especially when compared to the average person...
    The average isn't making anywhere NEAR 70k unless they have years of experience, work overtime or live in a high cost of living. Most new grads in my area aren't making 50k WITH a BSN unless they work nights and pick up OT.

    The average American also isn't responsible for LIVES and most people with a BA or BS don't have the level of responsibility that a nurse has. So, quit comparing LPNs and RNs to other is comparing apples to oranges.

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    RockinNurse2018 likes this.

    I am looking for another job because the pay and raises at my current employer are so pathetic, it is embarrassing. We are the lowest paying facility, and I doubt it will change anytime soon.

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    thatgirl2478 likes this.

    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Oh, I don't know, New grad RNs make close to $30 here in the Midwest. And I've always been under the impression that the Midwest is smack dab in the middle of what average wages and COL is in the US.

    I live in the mid west. New grads are making close to 23-25/hr. I am a registered nurse with over two years experience and I make less than 26/hr.

  • 25

    I got stressful just reading your post.

    Unfortunately this isn't uncommon and one of the reasons I won't ever work step foot in ltc/snf again.

    Start looking for a new job...STAT.

  • 14

    That second one is a PT job disguised as a PRN gig. Eight shifts per month? Three weekend shift requirements?

    I work full-time. In a typical four-week month, I work 12 shifts with two of them being weekend. Only two months a year do I work two full weekends.

    My PRN job requires 48 hours every six weeks with one weekend shift (it can be four hours). I can mix up the 48 hours however I like. PRN workers at my FT job only need to work three 12s with one being a weekend shift.

    That second PRN job is screwing you over, but that first one has an awful commute. I would keep looking.

  • 12

    The 3 12's per week/four days off (going to see a movie in one hour on a Tuesday!)
    Scheduling "flexibility"- I can take a week off without touching PTO. I will be going on a 2 week trip abroad and will only use 36 hours of vacation.
    Overtime and PRN work- last year, my PRN job with minimal shifts added another 17k on top of my FT job's wages
    Differentials- weekends increase my pay by almost 25%.
    The variety- I love working with tiny babies one day and LOLs and LOM the next.
    Not being stuck at a desk
    And getting the occasional patient or parent who is actually appreciative of the work I do
    Seeing the babies grow from barely viable to chunky monkeys who eat like champs and require no respiratory support

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    SiwanRN, Wannabenurseneko, and brido like this.

    Quote from Guy in Babyland
    So, your opinion is that only blacks can recognize racism. Being a white male, I must not be able to see racism or sexism. I may not be an wife beater, but I can recognize when a guy is verbally abusing his wife.

    I am not denying that racism exists, but I also believe that not all claims of racism are truly racism. I have seen someone fail nursing school and claim racism. I would like to know how a computer can be racist? She took the same tests as everyone else and the tests were graded by the computer and she failed due to racism?
    Where did I say that "only blacks can recognize racism" ? By the way, I don't like the term "blacks" or "whites" is ugly and flippant to reduce someone to their race.

    I believe that there are some situations when racism isn't as in-your-face and unless you are used to dealing with racism, you may not recognize even subtle signs of it. As a straight, cis-woman, I would not begin to dismiss a trans person's experiences by denying them just because *I* didn't notice covert / unobvious transphobia.

    I get a kick out of all of these anecdotes of people of color supposedly making outlandish accusations of racism brought up in order to minimalize the racism in our society, as if that one accusation somehow diminishes or cancels out the struggle people of color face in this very hostile society. I have no idea what your classmate experienced in order to make such a statement, nor do I agree with her that racism is what made her fail. However, I have faced racism even in my own nursing program, and it wasn't pleasant. But I got through it and was able to graduate.