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?
Quote from sabradie
Oh my gosh, 17.35 hr for a new grad? That just floors me! I guess I've been a nurse for too long. At a hosp in Atlanta, I left making 33.00 hr. Granted, that's with experience but nurses work too hard for that pay!!! Am I just out of touch? Also, don't believe the x-ray tech. People brag when they feel inferior. Kind of feel sorry for her.
Sabradie, I got into a heated argument with a woman on a non-nursing board about how much nurses make. She had mentioned she knew a nurse who made $35 an hour and no wonder health care costs were so outrageous when NURSES made such unreasonable salaries! When I confronted her she shot back that she did "elder care" on the weekends so she knew what she was talking about.
It still infuriates me to think of her...:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
Last edit by Jo Dirt on Oct 22, '04