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

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    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!

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    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!
    Really? How long have you been a nurse? There are lots of places where a nurse with a few years of experience can make that much (and I'm not talking tons of overtime).
    jtmarcy12, SoldierNurse22, reeveslpn, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from megank5183
    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!
    *** Many staff nurses make a lot more than that. In my hospital it would be normal for a nurse to go over $100K after 5-10 years experience. Those who have been there 20+ years can make quite a bit more. I am talking base pay and differentials, not OT. My buddy who works as an ER nurse in a San Jose Ca hospital makes $50K a year more than the $100k + I make here in the upper mid west.
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    I know a RN who works in ICU and makes $64,000 here in tennessee. That's really good for our area too!

    ***And she has been nursing for 15 + years. Most nurses start out at about $23 per hour here.
    Last edit by Tinker88 on May 2, '13 : Reason: add
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    Quote from Esme12
    It's about time someone paid attention to what I have been saying for a couple of years now...there is no shortage! and there are NO guaranteed jobs!
    Exactly!
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    Quote from megank5183
    And on what planet do nurses make $68,000 a year?!? I'm not even close!!!!
    New grads here in NYC start around $75K to nearly $80K per year. Seasoned RNs can make $85K to near or over $100K per year.
    Registered Nurse Salary in New York City, NY | Glassdoor

    Back in the days before the credit/financial crisis and subsequent upheaval in the NYC healthcare system it was not uncommon for RNs here to pull in well over $100k per year by doing overtime, working two gigs and or traveling. It is good money long as one's body holds out.
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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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    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
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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.
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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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