Is Nursing Still an Attractive Career Choice? - page 3

At a time of grim prospects for Americans without a college degree, nursing can look like a rare chance not just for a job but a real career. Or at least it did.... Read More

  1. Visit  Lovecnmnp} profile page
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    For job security as a RN, one may have to go into or change specialties to one that they may find less desirable. One specialty that is growing and will continue to have tremendous need is in geriatrics. Psych is another.
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  3. Visit  Janey496} profile page
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    Quote from megank5183
    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!
    My question, too. I'm in Florida and after 5.5 years I make 50K-ish
  4. Visit  DoGoodThenGo} profile page
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    Quote from Janey496
    My question, too. I'm in Florida and after 5.5 years I make 50K-ish
    As with so many other occupations/careers much of what determines compensation is tied to local cost of living.

    New York State and New York City are very high cost areas, thus to attract and retain any sort of decent employee places must pay more. Healthcare is no different thus nurses here make on average more than say those say in the Mid-West.

    A starting wage of $75K for a new grad seems like allot of money, but off the bat about 35% of anyone's earnings are taken in taxes (combined federal, state and local). Using those numbers you're paying a little over $26,000 per year in taxes and your take home pay is now <$50K (about $48K and some change).

    From that $50K you must pay housing costs (rent/mortgage), utilities, cell phone, car/commuting expenses, food, and so forth. All of these are higher than what you'd find elsewhere because, well you get the picture. This pretty much sums things up: New Yorkers struggle in this economy, even if they are working  - NY Daily News

    You pretty much find the same in other markets such as CA, MA, and elsewhere on the East or West costs where the cost of living is very high. Yeah, you can make over one hundred grad as a RN in say San Francisco area, however the high cost of living often makes it feel like you are anything but rich.

    Common joke around here about the exodus of New York City residents to the South is that you won't make "NY money" down there, if you can find work. Sure enough many who decamped for Atlanta, Florida, North Carolina etc... come right back to Da Big Apple.
  5. Visit  MaybeaNurse7} profile page
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    It's things like this that make me want to throw my hands in the air and give up. Becoming a nurse is a major dream of mine and reading articles like this does nothing if not diminish what little hope I have left....What shall we do then, all work at Burger King?
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  6. Visit  calivianya} profile page
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    Quote from Lovecnmnp
    For job security as a RN, one may have to go into or change specialties to one that they may find less desirable. One specialty that is growing and will continue to have tremendous need is in geriatrics. Psych is another.
    Or both. One of the local hospitals here is opening a geropsych unit. I think that sounds like a horror story; wouldn't catch me there for sure. I really respect anyone who wants to take that job! I have spent so much time being floated as a sitter (current CNA) with those patients that I couldn't stand being around them for even one more minute than I have to...

    It's just hard to find a job unless you have experience in that specialty, period. If you don't have experience in an in-demand specialty it seems like that's really too bad for you.
  7. Visit  sammyhales} profile page
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    I'm starting nursing school in the fall, but I am far more interested in psychology. I'm actually interested in specializing in psych; so, if that makes me more employable, let's hear it for serendipity. So, can you tell me more about the need for nurses with psych specialization? Thanks.
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    Quote from sammyhales
    I'm starting nursing school in the fall, but I am far more interested in psychology. I'm actually interested in specializing in psych; so, if that makes me more employable, let's hear it for serendipity. So, can you tell me more about the need for nurses with psych specialization? Thanks.
    Psych nursing is a great speciality but I don't think it alone is worth going to nursing school. I'd recommend that you start school in the fall with an open mind. You may find a speciality that you didn't expect to like, either in clinicals or the classroom. Hope this doesn't come off as harsh, because it's not meant that way.
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  9. Visit  LindaBright} profile page
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    There has been so much talk about the nursing shortage and a need for the different types of nurses, that a lot of people are under the impression that nursing jobs are just handed out like candy. That's so not the case - we are medical professionals, and hospitals or other medical establishments should be held to a standard that is displayed in their nursing force. Nursing is a career like any others, its competitive, its a skilled trade, and despite getting through nursing school (which is so hard!), not all people are the best fit for a nursing position. On the other hand, with so many nursing school students graduating, the larger metropolitan areas are swamped with applicants, while rural areas are scrambling. Getting creative and maintaining determination in finding a job will pay off in the end.
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  10. Visit  wannabecnl} profile page
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    I would not trade my relatively new job in nursing for anything. It took me 8 months after graduation to land the job, because I was looking in a specialty (which was my specialty for a year of school), but I was fortunate to be able to persevere. I wish I could say that it shouldn't matter what the healthcare job market looks like--if you want to be a nurse, go to nursing school. Sadly, that is not possible for everyone, and people considering nursing school do need to realize that a) you have no guarantee of a job after graduation, b) you will have to start paying loans back when you are not a student, whether or not you are employed, and c) just like in most fields, when it comes to getting a job, experience counts more than your grades or even your degree (ADN vs. BSN vs. MS). When I wanted to get into tech writing years ago, I ran into the same thing; everyone wanted experience, but no one would hire me so I could get experience. Finally I had the chutzpah in an interview to say, "Look, I know I don't have any experience, and that's not going to change unless you hire me." I got the job. It is sucky to have worked so hard in nursing school and then be passed over for interviews, but even with my short time working, I can tell you that putting an experienced nurse into a new job is a lot smoother than training a newbie, no matter how smart the newbie may be on paper!

    One thing to consider, though: if you have a new BSN or MSN, look for jobs at hospitals trying to get Magnet designation. It looks good for them to have a higher percentage of BSN/MSN nurses. I am NOT SAYING that ADNs aren't good hires; I'm just reflecting the reality that a hospital going for Magnet is going to look for those degrees. If you have one, you might as well benefit while the hospital does. I'm sure my MSN didn't hurt me when I applied for this job...
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    Quote from wannabecnl

    One thing to consider, though: if you have a new BSN or MSN, look for jobs at hospitals trying to get Magnet designation. It looks good for them to have a higher percentage of BSN/MSN nurses. I am NOT SAYING that ADNs aren't good hires; I'm just reflecting the reality that a hospital going for Magnet is going to look for those degrees. If you have one, you might as well benefit while the hospital does. I'm sure my MSN didn't hurt me when I applied for this job...
    *** Good advice I am sure. However then you are stuck working at a Magnet hospital - Ug! Exployers of last resort.
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    Quote from MaybeaNurse7
    It's things like this that make me want to throw my hands in the air and give up. Becoming a nurse is a major dream of mine and reading articles like this does nothing if not diminish what little hope I have left....What shall we do then, all work at Burger King?
    I feel like there's negativity in every profession; don't even try looking at Indeed.com forums! Sheesh. I wanted to be a teacher for a while, but that changed because my pre-internship teacher had nothing but bad things to say and I let that affect me. That shouldn't have bothered me in the slightest. Some people make it goal to deter and scare away others just because.

    Just go after what you want. That's what matters. Not making over 50k, not getting your "dream job" right out of school. Nobody claimed it was easy. You may have to move to start your career, I'm sure I will have to. Nothing is ever set in stone and just because an article says something doesn't make it a personal attack against you.

    Bottom line: Go for it. If you experience joy and satisfaction with it, all the better for you because that means you're in it for the long haul. You're not going to lay down and die when things get tough.
    Last edit by fscjstudent on May 3, '13 : Reason: Clarification
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  13. Visit  joanna73} profile page
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    And since the US economy is dismal, many American nurses left for Canada and Australia. Nursing prospects are slim there too now.

    Unless you want to work rural, nursing jobs are scarce in most areas.
  14. Visit  BrandonLPN} profile page
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    Quote from klone
    Look on the boards here - you have nursing students and new grads ALL THE TIME complaining about the paucity of hospital jobs, and admitting they don't want to "settle" for a SNF. To most nurses, they ARE looked upon as less prestigious.
    Oh, well, if students and new grads feel LTC is less prestigious, then it must be true. No one knows more about the realities of nursing than new grads and students.


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