Why is it that many laypeople think nurses make a ton of money? It's kind of annoying that just about every other time I say to someone what I do professionally, they say "oh, there's a lot of money in nursing because of the shortage" or "oh, my aunt Sally is a nurse- she works for XYZ medical center and makes, like, $90,000 a year." I'm not venting because I expected there to be a lot of money when I got out of school (I just recently graduated); I worked as a CNA and know that many nurses don't make nearly as much as the public thinks they do. Hence, I certainly didn't get into nursing for the money- I chose to be a nurse because I thought it would be a great way to help others while working with people who value learning and intellectual challenges. But seriously, I don't take home much more than other people who are in the helping or public service professions. It just blows my mind when people I've met who are in business/law/finance talk so casually about how they're expecting $10-20,000 performance bonuses or how much vacation time they have coming up. I'm sure they work 60-70 hours/week for their salaries and are scared fudgeless about the prospect of layoffs. However, it's still mind-boggling how people who don't help others in their daily work lives get away with that much cash. So here's to hoping that enough future nursing students who want to quit their investment banking jobs do their homework and go to nursing school
for the right reasons (not just the money). And here's to hoping that we as nurses can further educate the public about what we do and the fact that many of us don't get paid a lot for doing it.
Jun 21, '10
the pay for a two degree is pretty good and some in specialties do make 90,000 a year. no offense but I hate the term " right reason" the right reason for you may not be the right reason for me.
Last edit by newway on Jun 21, '10
Jun 21, '10
I actually see why they feel that way. Even as an LPN at the ripe old age of 20 I was making 20+ dollars an hour in 1994. Nowadays I earn almost twice the "average" pay for the US and I haven't even completed my RN yet. At my highest as an LPN I pulled in 80k/yr (worked like a dog those 3 years) but I was able to earn that with 1 year of nursing education. DH has a four year degree and couldn't earn nearly that. Which is why he returned to nursing school shortly after we met. Oh and I have never been without a job unless I was taking a break. Nursing has its flaws but the perks outweigh the flaws to me.
Last edit by Conqueror+ on Jun 21, '10
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