My thought is: how much did you REALLY think you were going to make as a nurse???
Most nurse have been making the same amount for well over 25 years. Most start out making 40 grand in salary, depending on COLA, etc.
20+ dollars as a new grad is pretty good, considering a lot of occupations requiring bachelors, and masters, especially with working in human and public service, make ONLY 12-15 dollars. Just a thought.
Nursing in no means makes you rich, but you will make a living...and live comfortably, especially when shift differentials and overtime in the mix