Are you in it for the money? - page 4

Did the money play a factor in you choosing a nursing career? Do you think money is a factor in why people choose nursing as a career? Read More

  1. by   nurseprnRN
    You know, I am getting reeaaallllllyyyyyy tired of the old bedpans-vomitus-screaming tropes about nursing. Let's find another cartoonist.
  2. by   bbble 25
    It did play a role, I'm not going to bust my butt for peanuts but if you do something you don't like after a while money won't make up for misery.
  3. by   MPKH
    I would be lying if I said that money didn't factor in me choosing nursing as a job....however that's not to say that money is the sole reason I went into nursing...but a very important factor of why I went into nursing.
  4. by   SRDAVIS
    Are u joking? Bartending pays more.
  5. by   SRDAVIS
    Where do you live?
  6. by   SRDAVIS
    Quote from BaileyCoco
    I'm in CA and work in corrections
    You have to make this to survive in Cali
  7. by   f1j1nurse23
    NO i'm not in it for the money. I have a BS and MS in Electrcial Engineering and if I had kept on my former path I could have made more money. But I hated being stuck in a cubicle all day. I love being a nurse and i'm a correctional nurse, so trust me when I say, you really have to love what you do to survive the jail
    Last edit by f1j1nurse23 on Feb 23, '13 : Reason: Mistake
  8. by   DoeRN
    At first I was in it for the money. Now I realize that nurses don't get paid nearly enough for what we have to do. I'm talking about bedside nurses.

    If I was compensated for every job that I actually perform as a nurse in one day I would be rich. Some of the other jobs that are required to be a bedside nurse would be a waitress, gardener, cook, electrician, massage therapist, respiratory therapist, beautician, phone operator, security, language translator (don't admit you are bilingual if you don't want multiple phone calls from different floors all day everyday wanting you to interpret). Oh let's see what else, computer help desk (going back to school for IS so I don't mind this part) housekeeper, marriage counselor, psychologist, drug counselor, dry cleaner, seamstress, notary, mediator, concierge, makeup artist, transporter, manicurist and yes I have been asked multiple times to polish nails and clip toenails and I refuse. TV repair person, personal shopper I had one person ask if I could stop by Macy's for them after work and buy them a robe and bring it in to work the next day. Yeah I said a family member could do that for them.

    I can name more. So just think if we were paid to do all of that. Boy oh boy I wouldn't even consider leaving nursing if we were. But the reality is we won't and I want to be paid to do one job. Not paid to do one job but required to do 25 other jobs.

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  9. by   Ahackney
    So are you saying you don't like your job?
  10. by   bekka2233
    I've been in Nursing since 1988. I've seen a lot of changes. I also saw a different "breed" of new grads emerge when the nursing shortage sky-rocketed. Some got in for pay, or job security, ability to support their families. and some for the Humanity of service with the perk of pay. Regardless of the income a nurse generates -- they EARN every penny of it -- and soul growth comes with many encounters, so Nursing is much more than money. Just my thoughts and I've met and connected with the most wonderful people peers and patients. Nurses are wonderful -- be one !!
  11. by   joanna73
    Money is not my key motivator, but it is a factor. I'm a second career nurse, and I was well established prior to nursing. I'm interested in the variety of roles and travel nursing offers, but I returned to school to increase my wage, not make less.
  12. by   pco8
    If I were in it for the money, I'd go to law school. Nurses make a nice a living, CRNA is better but neither is worth going in to purely for financial.

    What I really like about nursing is the 3 day work week (it's pretty much what sold me to nursing), I prefer to work during the day vs night, rollover vacation time, the scrubs. Flexibility is definitely the best. Doing volunteer work around the world. IMO, nursing can take you as far as you want to go.
    Last edit by pco8 on Feb 24, '13
  13. by   akulahawkRN
    I could've gotten into nursing for the pay, the perks of job security, the ability to support a family, and so on. Yes all of those things are important considerations in becoming a nurse, but the real reason I choose to become a nurse is because it allows me to do more to care for my patients.

    I started off as an EMT. I realized I needed to be able to do more for my patients. So I became a paramedic. At that time I realized I needed to care for my family. So I became a security guard, with excellent benefits. Then I realized that I was not in a job that I particularly enjoyed, even though it's allowed me to care for my family. It showed me that patient care is what I have a passion for. So I looked at all of the available careers for me to do in healthcare: nursing met all of the things that I needed.

    When I have a nursing job, I will have the pay that I need, the benefits that I need, the ability to care for my family, and the flexibility to pursue my interests, that I did not have as a paramedic.

    Don't get me wrong, being a paramedic was absolutely an excellent job for me to do. Going into being a paramedic I was probably more highy educated than most of my peers. I hold sports medicine bachelors degree and that has allowed me to have some very deep insights into patient assessment and treatment that most of my paramedic peers did not have. The problem with being a paramedic, is that I am at the pinnacle of what I can do, and I have no further places I can go to further my career and maintain the patient contacts that I desire. Yes, I could make a very good living as a firefighter paramedic, however as I promote within the fire service, I move farther and farther away from patient care. That is not what I want, that is not what I need, that's not what I'm about.

    So, money is important, but it is nowhere close to what drives me to be a nurse.