Should I become a nurse for the money?? - page 5

i am 16, and i am going to be a junior soon, and i have to start getting ready for sat's, and act's. you know the whole high school/college process, but anyway's everyone keeps telling me to become a nurse. i love to help... Read More

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    I'm going to volunteer at Jackson memorial hospital in Miami(where i live) this summer. I'm looking into occupational therapy, and becoming a travel OT. It's the science that scares me to death. I'm trying to avoid anything that involves science , especially chemistry, which is the worst of them all lol. OT interests me , but I'm afraid that the science will be too hard and that I'll give up. science and math are my biggest fears. How do I overcome this, because I have to take trig and IB biology in my 11th grade year. I keep thinking "what if I fail?" I like what OT's do because I'm providing someone with a future, but I keep wondering, and thinking that I'll probably fail, because I'm horrible at science.
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    Quote from wot chick
    my family wants me to become a nurse. they say that it's the only way that i can make money and have a stable life, and help people and that nursing school and the job is not that hard and there is a nursing shortage .
    i find it difficult to believe that if your family really are nurses that they can say that the job isn't that hard as nothing is further than the truth....now i wonder if this post is sincere after all.
    http://allnurses.com/nursing-activis...ew-663383.html

    the market is very tight. there is no nursing shortage. the jobs maybe posted but there are hiring freezes due to the economy. nurses have returned to the workforce because their s.o. is unemployed and nurses who planned to retire cannot because we lost our butts in 401k when everything crashed. there are nursing schools churning out grads at an alarming rate to take advantage of the economy and the flocking of society to the "recession proof" healthcare field...with no positions to fulfill. there are hospitals that offer "internships" or "residencies" that you pay them to train you available but they are few and far between and don't guarantee employment. right now it just stinks out there hospitals are "short staffed" but they want it that way......due to budget cuts and hospitals are still laying off.
    http://allnurses.com/nursing-news/jo...ds-662139.html
    http://allnurses.com/nursing-first-j...ew-636865.html

    nurses are talking about: jobs for new grads

    the big lie?

    without a doubt, the main source of frustration experienced by recently graduated and licensed but still unemployed nurses is what could be called "the big lie."in other words, the television commercials that encourage young people to become nurses -- and then abandon them for months (or years) without employment; and the educators who tell them that the associate's degree is perfectly adequate to guarantee employment, that they will have their pick of jobs when they graduate, and that there is plenty of time to get a bsn later on. who knows whether it is greed, ignorance, or wishful thinking that underlies the fairy tales told to nursing students about their future job prospects? whatever the motivation, the disillusionment of our new grads is palpable. the jobs they expected after all of their hard work just haven't materialized, and some grads are getting pretty desperate.

    the big lie?
    losing our skills
    the holy grail
    take a job, any job
    get out of the hospital
    back to school?
    does uncle sam want you?
    feel like a little golf?
    give us a chance

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    Most medical degrees will involve math and the sciences.....study hard. Anything really worth having is worth working for.
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    To the OP, you don't become a nurse because you think it would be fun to help people, or for money. You become a nurse because you have to. You see human suffering and you have to help. You have to help even at the risk of your own safety, as in Psych Nursing. At the risk of your life as some of my friends did in 9/11. There is something inside of you that says you must help. No matter if you are a CNA or PHD you have to help..anyone. There is something wrong with us. In stead of the give me way this world is going. we are the ones that help. We are the few, the Proud, the Insane.
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    My first degree is in occupational therapy and I would tell you to see if you can volunteer in the rehabilitation department at a hospital to shadow an OT/COTA and see what their day is like. As for math and science, just take it one day at a time. Nobody here will tell you the math/science in any health career is easy, but there are ways to make it easier. Maybe you could find a tutor to help, make note cards so you can quiz yourself, set time aside every day to study so there is no "cramming." You need to find what way of studying works for you. I would also maybe suggest taking your entry-level classes at a CC where the classes are smaller and the teachers do get a chance to know you and will help you. I know my Bio teacher last year sought out the students who were not doing so well and worked with them until their grades were up. My CC offers extra bio/science study groups twice a week and also free tutors if you have a C or below in the class. Just keep a positive attitude and an open mind and I am sure you will find where you would like to be!
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    Quote from Wot chick
    How do I overcome this, because I have to take trig and IB biology in my 11th grade year. I keep thinking "what if I fail?" I like what OT's do because I'm providing someone with a future, but I keep wondering, and thinking that I'll probably fail, because I'm horrible at science.
    I graduated high school last May, and I hated science almost all the way through. I went to a college prep school with people who were able to get an A in multi-variable calculus and linear algebra...in the 10th grade.

    Needless to say, I never tried in my science classes because I convinced myself that I would never be good as good at it as my classmates and that I hated it. I had C's in every science class I ever took up until junior year, and was scared to death because I was being pressured to go to medical school.

    Then I promised myself I wouldn't goof off anymore and took molecular biology in my junior year. I got an A in that, and an A in anatomy later on when I took it my senior year. Now I'm a sophomore in college and got an A+.... in general chem! All it took was a change in attitude and more effective study habits. It was so worth it.

    Don't doubt yourself. You never know how you'll do in a subject until you give it everything you've got.

    PS-- I'm glad you will be volunteering. I did it when I was your age and it was awesome. I got to shadow nurses, physical therapy, OT, radiology-- you name it! That volunteer work helped me land an internship with a midwife and an obgyn. Then and there, I decided the nursing path was more for me.
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    I am definitely going into nursing because of the money. That doesn't mean though I don't care for people or look in the mirror every morning and say how much I hate my job. Should I go into a job I have passion for and get paid $12/hr? No I won't.

    I want to make a good living and know how much I will get paid 10 years after doing a job well done. Besides, nursing actually provide care for others, it feels much more satisfying knowing you help someone rather than try them to sell them an iphone or get them to invest money in some mutual fund.

    By the way, if all the nurses in Ontario thinks the money aren't all that great, ($60k - $85k) is really more greedy than the bankers I worked for. If the nurses here actually try to see who is hiring and for how much, they definitely be satisfied with their pay. I know that I don't have to spend 10 years climbing some corporate ladder for that type of pay with no certainty.
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    If you want something "just for the money" try something in business. My sister in law is an accountant and makes 6 digits a year. I would not suggest nursing for money.
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    I am not a nurse myself, just a nursing student, but I know that being a nurse takes a special person and you really have to have a PASSION for it! You are still so young and maybe when you get a little older and live through many other experiences you will find nursing is for you because it seems like you have the empathy for it!

    But to answer your question: Should I get into nursing for the money?

    Absolutely not.

    I say this because to get into it for the money you will HATE your job. Yes the money seems good, but as soon as you begin working you will realize all the hard decisions and long hours, lack of breaks and time with family or friends, and dealing with uncooperative patients... will not be worth that paycheck and you will be one of those nurses that walk into a patient's room ****** off and making it uncomfortable. Don't make it a living hell for nurses that love their jobs and patients that rely on the compassion of someone who actually wants to be taking care of them.

    I know this because my mother is nurse and she worked in oncology for a long time... she has compassion and empathy. I do not think she would want to go through making bonds with her patients and losing them so often just to make a paycheck. She was there to help them.
    Last edit by CallieNM on Aug 18, '12 : Reason: Addition to my thought
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    Quote from protoxeno
    I am definitely going into nursing because of the money. That doesn't mean though I don't care for people or look in the mirror every morning and say how much I hate my job. Should I go into a job I have passion for and get paid $12/hr? No I won't.

    I want to make a good living and know how much I will get paid 10 years after doing a job well done. Besides, nursing actually provide care for others, it feels much more satisfying knowing you help someone rather than try them to sell them an iphone or get them to invest money in some mutual fund.

    By the way, if all the nurses in Ontario thinks the money aren't all that great, ($60k - $85k) is really more greedy than the bankers I worked for. If the nurses here actually try to see who is hiring and for how much, they definitely be satisfied with their pay. I know that I don't have to spend 10 years climbing some corporate ladder for that type of pay with no certainty.
    *** The money isn't great. It's barely OK to not sufficient. It isn't helpful to look at total compensation without considering level of responsibiliety. I belive that nurses pay is out of line (too low) with their level of responsibiliety and accountabliety.
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