I've been a nurse for a little over 2 years now (LPN for 1.5 year, RN will be a year in june) Been in orthopedics since being a nurse, ready for a change to tele/icu I think. But It's hard to believe how much work we do and the amount we get paid. I'm making a little less than 22/hr and work my butt off at work. You go to school and stress so much and thinking your going to get paid well like everyone says you are, yes 22/hr is a good amount but seems like it takes forever to move up in the pay scale. What other things are out there in the healthcare field? I'd love to know what Pharmacist, NP's and PA's know but unsure if i'd want to practice as one. I'd like to know more of why things happen and treatment aspects and so forth and how to tie it all together. I'm sure the school is WAY more intense than nursing. I'm about to turn 22 and just wondering my options in the healthcare field. I plan on going to talk to someone soon about starting prereqs for my BSN or possibly masters in something in the fall.I like the bedside nursing and enjoy the patient interaction but then some patients you give your all too and you get no respect or even thank you. I like my job just would like to know other options or courses out there. Please give your opinions/comments. And as nurses we are getting more responsibility from day to day and if the doctors would do their job like their suppose to it'd make our job easier as well.