$25-$30 bucks an hour is peanuts!! - page 2

Someone said nurses get good pay-$25-30 an hour???? In the pharmaceutical world, where they employ lots of nurses I would say for a senior person $40-55 and up is more the norm. Why so pharmacists... Read More

  1. by   caroladybelle
    I did not say that I did not care about money. I said that I do not care about 75,000 a year.

    While I am well compensated now as a nurse, I have raised a child (not my own), attended Nursing school and worked full time on 25,000 or less a year. It was not easy but I managed. Money is not the be all and end all to life.

    I have also found that jobs in Nursing that pay that well (75,000) sometimes involve working in heinous conditions and heinous hours frequently for heinous employers.

    Not all of us are all that focused on money and some are happy with our pay. Some of us are more worried about conditions where we work and the care of patients and the values of the company that we work for.
    Last edit by caroladybelle on Jun 1, '03
  2. by   caroladybelle
    sorry, double post
  3. by   PhePhe
    We can collectively improve working conditions and the salary situation. Often it is the poor working conditions and attitudes that prompt nurses to leave the profession. It takes leadership and committment to make changes. No money is not the be all and end all-but in many areas of the country it is difficult to manage on $25,000 a year. Perhaps my position is jaded, because in the business world I was making over $100,000 a year and bonuses. To be fair, I also have an MBA. And many nurses were making great salaries of over $60,000 a year. In the pharmaceutical world, they value nursing experience. It is too bad that same experience is not valued in nursing circles. Maybe you wonder why I left--It is because I could not travel and for health reasons I cannot work 5 days a week in my field. And I missed being a nurse. It has been a pleasure discussing this issue with you.
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    My husband has a PhD in engineering. He went to school for 11 years, full time. This includes time lost due to a change of major.


    I went to school FULL TIME for SIX years and have an AAS degree in nursing. I never had a change of major.

    I got my AAS the same year he got his Master's. He tells me that from what he has observed (amount of work/reading required, time in class, etc) he thinks his Master's in Engineering was at about the same level of difficulty as my AAS/Nursing degree.


    However, an AAS/RN makes about the same money as some engineers w/ a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by caroladybelle
    Not all of us are all that focused on money and some are happy with our pay. Some of us are more worried about conditions where we work and the care of patients and the values of the company that we work for.
    I agree. I want to make a good salary, just like everyone else.

    However, working conditions and the true values exhibited by an employer are what's most important to me.

    I once told a boss that I would accept a 50% cut in pay in exchange for 50% fewer pts to care for. She looked at me like I was nuts.

    Some people just don't get it.
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by caroladybelle
    I personally could care less about being paid $75,000 or more a year. What I would like is a decent schedule, management that has some vague idea about how to improve morale and manage staff, and a public/MD population that does not heap abuse on us on a daily basis.

    Again, I agree wholeheartedly.
  7. by   fergus51
    Maybe I'm just naive, but I don't think 30$ an hour is bad at all. Everyone thinks they have the hardest job in the world. I am sure every plumber, carpenter, cop, firefighter, computer programmer and fast food worker all complain about their wages. Nursing is challenging, but I don't think it's such a horrible or difficult job that I would feel cheated making a base wage of 60K a year.
  8. by   H ynnoD
    I was'nt trying to be disrespectful to someones profession.I have a friend who's going to college to be a Pharmacist and I was just repeating what he has told me.Sorry if it sounded wrong it was'nt meant too.
  9. by   EmeraldNYL
    I would be delighted with 60K a year as a new grad! In my area new grads usually start at 23-25 an hour. I actually might work for a hospital on the bottom end of that pay scale because of all the non-monetary benefits-- I heard they treat their nurses very well. While money is definitely important, I wouldn't care about 75 grand a year if the working conditions were terrible.
  10. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by fergus51
    Maybe I'm just naive, but I don't think 30$ an hour is bad at all. Everyone thinks they have the hardest job in the world. I am sure every plumber, carpenter, cop, firefighter, computer programmer and fast food worker all complain about their wages. Nursing is challenging, but I don't think it's such a horrible or difficult job that I would feel cheated making a base wage of 60K a year.
    Thank you! I've been working for the government for the past four years. Hardly anyone in my office makes more than $40K a year. These are people with masters degrees and even one with a pHd. $60K a year is good money in my book!

    Todd
  11. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    The average RN job in The US pays approx $40,000. to $42,000. a year. $60K is not very common.
  12. by   caroladybelle
    I am a traveler.

    I work no overtime, and do 36 hours a week - straight nights, and will probably break $60K this year.

    Prior to traveling, I worked straight nights with alot of OT, night/weekend/chg differentials and barely broke $50K.

    But I would/will probably go back to signicantly less, when I stop traveling/don't work nights/don't work weekends.

    You have to weigh the different variables and decide what you want to work for vs the situation/hours/convenience. Then decide for yourself which is important.

    You can make $75K in this profession but you may not like how you have to do it.
  13. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by fergus51
    Maybe I'm just naive, but I don't think 30$ an hour is bad at all. Everyone thinks they have the hardest job in the world. I am sure every plumber, carpenter, cop, firefighter, computer programmer and fast food worker all complain about their wages. Nursing is challenging, but I don't think it's such a horrible or difficult job that I would feel cheated making a base wage of 60K a year.

    Fergus, your post leads me to think you have never actually worked as a nurse. Am I mistaken?

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