Lovely_RN 6,886 Views
Joined Jan 12, '05.
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You made a poor financial decision but sometimes we have to do what we have to do and money can't always be the bottom line. I quit teaching with no job (and no savings) lined up. I ended up temping for a while, found a permanent position, and eventually went to nursing school. When I handed in my letter of resignation the principal was more concerned about finding my replacement than the reasons why I was leaving. Life went on and I had some really tight times for a while but I didn't starve. These days, I'm not too thrilled about being an nurse but for now it pays the bills and I like my health insurance plan. I've reached the point where I refuse to let anyone (co-workers, pt, administration....who the heck ever) drive me crazy at work. I clock in, do my best, and clock out...mostly on time. This is just a job and if it goes away tomorrow then I will do what I have to do to survive even if it means selling fruit on the side of the road. Life is too short for the B.S and as a nurse you see people who had great health and full lives one day lose it all the very next. Why spend up your life being miserable when youth and health are so fleeting?
I'm not on any high horse and no it isn't ALL about the money but your education should commensurate with your rate of pay (at least somewhat). I go to a school with an RN program and an MA program both are two years in duration. When the MAs graduate with their AA they will be paid anywhere from $9-15 per hour and I will be paid no less than $35/hr. Same two years same student loan but the difference in pay is ridiculous.
As an LPN right now....with 11 months in schooling I am paid just shy of $24/hr.
CNA's do less than MA's
MA's do less than LPN's
LPN's do les than RN's
So on and so forth but if it weren't for the ones in the "lesser" positions none of the things that you "better than" mentality people aren't willing to do wouldn't get done.
My mission is to further my education and obtain a higher title but I won't continue to allow anyone to try and downgrade and discredit the position and title that I hold as of right now. I don't mind making 35,000 starting out because its not about the money silly mortal ;~> its about helping and the purpose in what im doing. GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORESES PEOPLE!!!
I don't understand what all the fuss is about? Why should we give a rats behind about what a CMA can or cannot do?
As long as they're NOT calling themselves nurses then they are welcome to bust their humps for a fraction of what I make.
I can't even fathom bragging about doing 90% of what an LPN does for less pay?
Is that something to be proud of?
Don't get me wrong I have the same issues with LPNs who brag about doing 90% of an RNs job for fewer dollars.....what's so great about being used as cheap labor?
It really boggles the mind.
I work nights and I've lost weight. I usually eat between 12am-1am , I don't snack at work, and when I go home in the morning I will eat a piece of fruit or something very light before I go to sleep. I think snacking when you work nights or eating a big meal before you go to sleep in the morning is what makes a lot of nurses gain weight working night shift.
this is truly so encouraging. i am actually looking at the tuition for monroe college and it is extremely expensive, and from what i hear, financial aid, etc. isn't a huge option. luckily for me, i have money saved away. i guess that's what being frugal and not having "fun" does...you have a little something to show for it later...and i would love to invest it in my education.
i am so glad that monroe college has changed your life. why do you feel that is? what degree does your husband want to pursue? i'm actually hearing pretty good things about it. so how long did it take you to finish the lpn program and was it super hard to get in?
How about not allowing yourself to be sucked into it? As far as interactions with my co-workers go I have on horseblinders. I know they talk about me behind my back but I pretend not to notice. I was taking report one day and another nurse was standing right behind my back talking about me to another nurse. I heard her but I didn't acknowledge her. Getting through the shift sucks enough out of me. I don't need to add to my stress by giving my precious energy to losers who make the job the center of their lives. It's too bad that I don't like the people I work with more than I do but hey I just work there. I don't live there and I don't really know or care about them anyway. I show up do my best and go home...that is all. I'm grateful I have a good job and my bills are paid. That's what really matters.
Hospital nurses are great and someone has to do it right? Well, that stated:
Some people have to tear others down in order to build themselves up. When I transfered from telemetry to outpatient my ex-coworkers gave me much grief. I was going to lose my skills, I was giving up nursing, and I would never be able to return to the bedside.
A few things: What I currently do is a skill set all of it's own. Hospital RN can't just jump in and do my job without training.
Skills? What skills are they referring to exactly? Does an ICU nurse have the same skill set as a SNF/LTC nurse? Do they need to have the same skill set?
Also, there is something called a refresher course if I ever get tired of always having nights, Sundays, and all major holidays off while still getting the same pay as the nurses on my old unit. I also do not have to give report to the next nurse because we are CLOSED after my shift and there are NO PCAs.
If you're happy at the bedside then by all means carry-on and I thank you for your service. If you're not happy at the bedside then don't let anyone make you feel inferior for your choices.
Stay as far away from this instructor as you possibly can and when have to be in her presence only speak when spoken to. It seems like she has a lot of power and it also seems as if your school's administration is aware and supports her behavior. So what can you do?
I like the nursing part of nursing but I hate the way that nurses are treated. I like shift work, I like leaving work at work, and I like to be paid by the hour. I like helping people who need help and I also love that human nature is unpredictable and that makes every day at work an adventure.
What I don't like is the way that every other discipline tries to pawn their work off on the nurses and some of them want to get mad if you have a back-bone and say no or re-direct them so that they will do their own work!
I think a lot of people, in and out of the health care professions, don't understand this.
I disagree with this. Admittedly the chronic pain and narcotic treatment will likely lead to dependence. That is not the same thing as abuse, and I don't believe abuse is inevitable for "most."
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