Are You In It For The Money Or Because You Really Care


Are you in it for the money or because you really care ?

heron, ASN, RN

3,644 Posts

Specializes in Hospice. Has 51 years experience.

Joined today, not a nurse, posts a loaded question.

Go back under your bridge - nothing to see here.


14,633 Posts

Are you suggesting that people could only possibly have one or the other motivation, not both? Why?

Specializes in HH, Peds, Rehab, Clinical. Has 4 years experience.

Why do you ask?


4,103 Posts

Specializes in NICU. Has 8 years experience.

For me, it is a calling. Florence Nightingale's ghost floated over my bed one night and told me to become a nurse.

Do people go onto Accountant Message boards and ask "Are you in accounting for the money or do you really care about doing people's taxes?"


20,964 Posts

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 26 years experience.

WHY would you word this as if it's either/or for us? How about BOTH. And what is the reason you are asking? This is a heck of a first post as a new member. Looking for controversy or do you really want to know?


16 Posts

I wanted to be a nurse when I was younger because I was hospitalized as a kid and my nurse was like this amazing, funny, kind person who let me eat sugary cereal.

But then I realized it doesn't really pay that much and sometimes I wish I followed a different career.

However, when I help patients who are truly grateful and they want to get's so satisfying to watch them get discharged. But that's like every 1 in 25 patients.

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.


canoehead, BSN, RN

6,837 Posts

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

I don't care personally about my patients. I care very much about doing a good job. Most of the time my patients goals and mine line up, sometimes part of doing a good job is talking about collaboration with them, and shared goals. Really challenging days, our goals clash. That doesn't mean either of us is wrong, it's a hard job.

My patients often tell me they hate the hospital, and I point out that they have to pay me to show up here. We're just two sides of the same coin.


603 Posts

Has 20 years experience.

I'm in it for the fashion.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 17 years experience.
Are you in it for the money or because you really care ?
If my employer suddenly stopped cutting me a paycheck every two weeks, I would suddenly stop caring enough to work for them.

I do not work for free. In my world, monetary compensation supersedes caring.


144 Posts

When I applied to nursing school, I was already a Medical Technologist - same pay as nurses in my area. So nope, it is not money. I wanted a profession that makes me feel I am really helping people.