Quote from NeysaGirl1
Are you guys kidding me? Nurses in Oklahoma are not adequately compensated. Do you realize you could have gone to welding school, acquired less debt, went to school for about six months and made just as much money? And lets see...after taxes, a carpayment and a house payment, how much money do you have left every month to pay utilities, buy clothes and pay for gasoline? Oklahoma nurses need to demand more money and stop accepting the first jobs that are offered!!
I agree. I am so sick of hearing "well the cost of living is so much cheaper here!" Does anyone even stop to think about that before they blurt it out? My car payment, cel phone, cable, internet and groceries are the same here as any other place in the country. I am a single adult and like many, simply can not and do not wish to purchase a house at this time. So, that leaves me renting. I can get a nice one bedroom in OKC for about $600/mo. I can get a similar one in Dallas for about the same. I can get a similar one in Southern California for $1,000/mo. My car insurance is cheaper by $35/mo than when I lived on the west coast. So all things being similar without purchasing a house, my COL is $435/mo cheaper here than in SoCal. That is $109 a week.
So as a new grad here without differentials is 18 and change, I'll just round it up to 19. Southern Cali or DFW or NOLA or a huge amount of other metro areas start at 24-25. Lets say 24. So in OKC I would gross 684/wk at 36 hours and I would gross 864 a week at the 24/hr. How does $180 a week less make the $109 a cheaper COL? That is 71/wk x52 weeks=3692/yr! Factor in a little overtime and that number gets MUCH larger.
That to me, is the difference between spending a vacation at home renting movies or in a condo in Hawaii. It's the difference between driving a Sentra and a nicer luxury car. It is the difference between retiring at 55 or at 65.
Please everyone stop saying that it is so much cheaper here because it isn't. I love it here and would not want to live back on the west coast for anything but let's keep the facts straight.
Also please start standing up for your pay and demanding what you are worth. Do you think that medicare pays less to the LTC's because they don't sit on a million dollar acreage like in LA? How can they pay Cali/Az LTC nurses so much more and still make money with the SAME income per resident?