First I would like to make it clear that I am not entering into nursing for the pay, nor am I suggesting anyone else is. I am simply trying to become informed so I may make a better decision when it comes time to job hunt. We all choose to enter nursing as a passion, however the pay does play a factor in our lives.
I am currently certified as a Licensed Paramedic (Associates Degree in EMS) and will be graduating from a nursing program this spring with an ADN. Obviously, all my experience is strictly in the field as a Paramedic. As a brand spanking new ADN right out of school, and considering my experience as a Paramedic (if it counts), what would be a reasonable hourly pay / yearly pay to ask for?
Also, while I do not mind working in a hospital at all - I prefer working in the field. What alternative areas are there? I have heard about the oil field, cruise ships, travel nurses, and flight nurses. Anything I may be missing? I have a family, so time away from home is a factor.
I would like to thank each of you for your time!