Published May 31, 2009
Just wondering how common or uncommon it is..
While I was still in orientation and not eligible for OT I worked as a barista to bring in a little extra cash. I was actually contemplated continuing to work at the coffee shop not so much for the money but I generally enjoyed the job but sadly the schedules became too conflicting
sirI, MSN, APRN, NP
I work part-time in a non-nursing/healthcare-related job.
My step-father is a BSN who works as a site-monitor for a large pharmaceutical company. I guess that's semi-health related. A friend that I went to school with teaches English in South Korea. I've considered going back to waiting tables, mostly because it was more fun.
A barista? Isn't the pay difference VASTLY different? I have a cousin who works at starbucks as a Barista. I think she makes $8 an hour. I make $45 an hour. That's just too big of a jump for me!
SuesquatchRN, BSN, RN
RN's start here in the low teens.
My job is in systems. It was supposed to be clinical informatics but my boss doesn't like to share so it's kind of morphed into a Windows help desk tech. Stinks to be me lately.
I love nursing and feel it has been a real privilege to have been a nurse for my professional life. I've loved the tremendous experiences I've had about health, healing and life. I hope all nurses use their gifts regardless of their employment or work. (Tell me that nurses who stay home full time with young children aren't working or using their nursing skills!) Certainly many of us serve as unpaid consultants to the public! At present, I work independently with a wellness company, and feel I am using my education and skills and making a difference. Too many people equate nursing with hospital nursing. You have an RN (LVN, etc)? You're a nurse if you want identify yourself as that. And if you work part-time in a non-nursing capacity, don't accept anyone telling you that you "left nursing" unless you really have and that expression resonates with you. Most people will never have a clue about what we know and what we really do.
I know one that is a personal trainer and a nurse. It's sort of health-related, though...
I work part-time on the stock team at Wallyworld. It doesn't pay a whole lot less than what I'm making as a new RN, and it's a fun, relaxed, stress-free way to spend my time off. I get handed a giant plan-o-gram, and poof, 8 hours has gone by and I have another paycheck.
I was looking for something to do (outside of my apartment) on my days off. Getting a volunteer position anywhere was worse than my freaking hospital interview, so settled on a retail job. It works.
I work part-time on the stock team at Wallyworld. It doesn't pay a whole lot less than what I'm making as a new RN, and it's a fun, relaxed, stress-free way to spend my time off. I get handed a giant plan-o-gram, and poof, 8 hours has gone by and I have another paycheck.I was looking for something to do (outside of my apartment) on my days off. Getting a volunteer position anywhere was worse than my freaking hospital interview, so settled on a retail job. It works.
wow u work at walmart and u are a RN? RN's make a nice salary in NY..... its soo important to do what u like....
Coffee Nurse, BSN, RN
I'm working part time at a Starbucks as well. With tips, it works out usually to about $10/hour, but like SweetLemon, I'm doing it because it's genuinely enjoyable (most of the time), not because I'm raking in the benjamins. It's nice to have a place on my off-days from my "real" job where I can go and be around people and not have to worry about someone dying if I make a mistake. (Although there are plenty of customers who are convinced that getting their beverages correct is a life-or-death issue. )
Where in NY? So am I, but I'm 300 miles from NYC in a medically under-served, rural community. And there are no open nursing jobs here lately. The recession has hit us hard. I have an RN acquaintance working at Chez Wally because she was fired and can't find another nursing gig in this market.
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