Xray tech~ more $$$ than RN??? - page 2

by SoulShine75

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Hi everyone. I'm a little confused about something. I know this girl, let's call her Miss Braggart. Anyhow, she's a friend of a friend of a friend and after speaking to her a few times i've come to the conclusion that I don't... Read More


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    Quote from INtoFL_RN
    This doesn't pertain to X-ray techs exactly, but at the hospital I work at MRI techs make $18.25/hr. I have one year experience as an RN, have my BSN, and ACLS and I make $17. Talk about insulting!
    That is pretty insulting.

    (Gotta vent again) What kills me about this woman is that everything she does is better and everything she's gone through is worse and so on. You all know the story. You cannot carry on a conversation with her because she never lets you speak and as soon as you jump in she interupts you. My husband landed his dream job about 6 months ago and his work gave him a cell phone. We have been thorugh a lot financially over the last 2 years and we were proud he finally found something that he loved and made a good living at. When he told her about the job her reply was...my cell phone is better, and she meant it! LOL Who in the he** says that?? Who cares??? Anyhow, I asked her a while back about the diff careers in the healthcare fields just to know a little about each, considering she works at the hospital and knows everything. Her reply was, "become a nurse because x-ray is full and you ain't gettin' my job honey". ( as if I wanted it ) She also stated that x-ray school was harder than RN and if she could get through x-ray I coud breeze by in nursing. She just knocks me down every chance she gets. I was appauled but kept a tight lip considering some people know when to speak and some people know when to listen and some people know when to sit on their hands so they don't choke someone. He he. :chuckle I don't have anything against x-ray tech's so please no haters..it's just her......HERRRRR!

    It just pains me to think I'm going to work so hard and make less money for more education! Her arrogance just drives me further towards my goals and hopefully someday I can ask her....did you get those x-rays done yet?? I have a patient waiting!

    Thanks for listening guys.
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    are you going for your BSN? RT programs are 2 years long, not including the pre-reqs. Are you going to be insulted that you are making the same amount of $$ as ADN nurses because they don't have as much education? I'm not trying to be catty, I really want to know. I just don't understand why someone would get insulted that another medical specialty gets paid more than you do. Diagnostic imaging and nursing are 2 very different fields and require different types of people to do them. And yes, RT school is very difficult! We have physics, radiation protection, radiation biology, patient care, and on and on. I can't compare it to a nursing program because I've never been there, but it is hard none the less.

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    Quote from angelac1978
    are you going for your BSN? RT programs are 2 years long, not including the pre-reqs. Are you going to be insulted that you are making the same amount of $$ as ADN nurses because they don't have as much education? I'm not trying to be catty, I really want to know. I just don't understand why someone would get insulted that another medical specialty gets paid more than you do. Diagnostic imaging and nursing are 2 very different fields and require different types of people to do them. And yes, RT school is very difficult! We have physics, radiation protection, radiation biology, patient care, and on and on. I can't compare it to a nursing program because I've never been there, but it is hard none the less.

    A
    I am personally...2 years compared to 4 and the liability and accountability we assume without the authority...yes.
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    Quote from angelac1978
    are you going for your BSN? RT programs are 2 years long, not including the pre-reqs. Are you going to be insulted that you are making the same amount of $$ as ADN nurses because they don't have as much education? I'm not trying to be catty, I really want to know. I just don't understand why someone would get insulted that another medical specialty gets paid more than you do. Diagnostic imaging and nursing are 2 very different fields and require different types of people to do them. And yes, RT school is very difficult! We have physics, radiation protection, radiation biology, patient care, and on and on. I can't compare it to a nursing program because I've never been there, but it is hard none the less.

    A

    do you know how much nuclear medicine techs make? husband is considering going to school for that. and i agree that RT's learn much and work hard. they deserve the pay they make.
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    Quote from geekgolightly
    do you know how much nuclear medicine techs make? husband is considering going to school for that. and i agree that RT's learn much and work hard. they deserve the pay they make.

    not off the top of my head. they do have it listed on www.salary.com

    nuc med techs make way more than RT's do, but they handle radioactive material daily and have advanced training. Sorry this is such a short answer but I gotta go to work!

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    Quote from SoulShine75
    Hi everyone. I'm a little confused about something. I know this girl, let's call her Miss Braggart. Anyhow, she's a friend of a friend of a friend and after speaking to her a few times i've come to the conclusion that I don't like her and I like just about everybody and anybody. She and her husband are those obnoxious type people who brag about EVERYTHING. Example- My son wears this brand, what does your kid wear? We have a boat, do you? Etc... Anyway, to my point...she is an x-ray tech (for 3 years, oh and don't let me forget to mention she has a best-friend relationship with all the doc's at the hospital, they all love her and say she's the best ...EVER! ) and when I told her I was going to school to be an RN (I'm taking my pre-req's now) she laughed in my face and said "I'm in x-ray and I make more money then most nurses that work there, besides nurses get no respect" Of course I just smiled because I was so shocked by her blunt comment I didn't know what else to say. This can't be true can it? A big part of me thought she is one of those "try too hards" , you know those people who try so hard to impress they leave the opposite impression? If I remember correctly she said she made $18 an hr. Well, of course I'm not following my dreams for money....BUT...I do have 4 children and a husband who is the breadwinner and I want to know that if something ever happened where I'd have to support my boys I could. I'm sure most of you can relate. My question is....will I go to school and bust my rump for 3 and a half years in nursing school to make less income than someone who finishes school in a lot less time? (Not that an x-ray tech is a bad thing, please don't get me wrong, but money does come into play when you're poor and eating beans and cornbread so you can pay for college.) I live in KY and I'm not sure what the starting salary is for new nurses here. Can anyone shed some light on the average pay for new nurses in your state/area please?
    Thanks,
    Christy
    I sent you a private message.
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    Quote from angelac1978
    are you going for your BSN? RT programs are 2 years long, not including the pre-reqs. Are you going to be insulted that you are making the same amount of $$ as ADN nurses because they don't have as much education? I'm not trying to be catty, I really want to know. I just don't understand why someone would get insulted that another medical specialty gets paid more than you do. Diagnostic imaging and nursing are 2 very different fields and require different types of people to do them. And yes, RT school is very difficult! We have physics, radiation protection, radiation biology, patient care, and on and on. I can't compare it to a nursing program because I've never been there, but it is hard none the less.

    A
    First of all let me say that this wasn't suppose to be an x-ray vs. RN debate. They're different fields all together. I understand that RT's go to school and work their arses off and I respect that. I wasn't speaking of an MRI specialist or a CT specialist, I was speaking of a radiologic technologist in particular. It was me venting about this particular person and her comments on pay and education and how she reigned "superior". I did find it highly insulting that the previous poster has been a nurse for 18 years yet the techs made as much as she did. I'm sorry but that is insulting to me. That is why there is this national crisis right now for nurses but they still aren't being compensated.

    To answer your questions...I am going for my ADN and no... I absuloutly would not be insulted if someone who has a bachelor's degree made more money than I did. What made me step back and wonder about this subject in the first place was I don't understand how she (an x-ray tech) made more money than other nurses when she went to school for 2 years (where I live) for her degree yet nurses are making less (going to school for min 3 years to max 4-6) considering they have more course work and due to the fact that from the moment nurses walk in the door to go to work they are putting their self in danger everday. Blood, guts, feces, vomit, infectious diseases...you name it. I just don't undersand this logic, or her (my "friends"), attitude.
    Last edit by SoulShine75 on Oct 22, '04
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    Quote from pie123
    I sent you a private message.
    Sorry, but I didn't recieve a private message.
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    Why do you hang out with someone like that anyways? I've known a few like that in my time and find the best response to bragging is something like "Wow, it must be nice to always have the very best in life"...
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    I've known people like this woman as well. She is lacking something or she wouldn't be trying so hard to convince you that she has everything.

    Tune her out, ignore her or actively avoid her -- she is not worth your time.

    I don't care what anyone else makes. I like my job and feel I am well paid for what I do. If I want to do something else I'll go back to school. I am convinced there is no "easy money" job; you've got to do SOMETHING to earn what you get, and if you don't like it or you're bored, then it's not easy money. If you work hard or love the challenge, that still doesn't make it easy money.

    Now, if Bill Gates wants to adopt me and give me a sinecure, now THAT'S easy money. Maybe. Depends on what he expects from an adopted child who's actually older than he is.
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