Anyone working BUT dosen't have to?

  1. I was so impressed by this nurse I met, she works at the hospital next door to the clinic I work at. I recently found out shes married to an NBA player, I asked her why shes working if shes married to money? (i didnt say it like that) She says she loves nursing and will always keep a nursing job. Does anyone else love nursing enough to do it if they didnt have to?
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  3. by   Caffeine_IV
    I would work PRN possibly like 2 shifts a month but I would not work full or part time if I had the means. I don't love it that much.
  4. by   Elleveein
    I dont love it that much either. If I was in her shoes, I would probably continue my education all the way to my masters and beyond and work very little.
  5. by   StarryEyed, RN
    I would still do it, maybe work part-time as I would probably jump at the chance to spend time with family/kids. I don't think I could handle not doing anything plus I've wanted to be an RN my whole life
  6. by   eatmysoxRN
    I'm not sure I'd be able to not work. I go stir crazy when I don't work a few days in a row. I need sonething to do. I may opt to do something less stressful though instead of working. Volunteer work possibly.
  7. by   RNperdiem
    I work per diem. These days my husband earns enough for our family to live a comfortable life without my working, but I still work anyway.
    Why? I have skills that give me confidence and a sense of meaning. If my husband loses his job tomorrow, I could increase my hours to keep the family afloat financially.
    Your friend may not always be married to a rich man(pro sports careers are often shorter than people realize); she might not always be married at all. A career is an investment in yourself.
  8. by   RunnerRN2015
    i'm currently working as a CNA and am in nursing school. I don't need to work but I've always wanted to be a nurse so I'm going for it. I plan on working full-time when I'm out of school. (My kids are grown). My income will be socked away for retirement and used for vacations. I may be crazy but I enjoy going to work!
  9. by   Elleveein
    Yes I agree, she may not be married to him forever, that goes for any marriage. I would've chosen a higher education over work, so I could support myself and my kids to the best of my ability. Thats just me, to each his own.
  10. by   KelRN215
    My friends and I were just having this discussion the other day when we were talking about winning PowerBall. I spent a good portion of my life preparing to be a nurse and I think I would still work per diem if I was rich. I wouldn't do full time because I'd want to be able to travel without having to ask permission but I'd go crazy doing nothing.
  11. by   LindaBright
    I'd still work, mostly because I like the independence of not relying on someone else AND, well, I really enjoy my job (most days). I didn't work so hard in nursing school and throughout the years to just give up on something that meant everything to me. And, as was said, life has a way of taking away "security" - and I'm happy to know that even in the case of an economic downturn, I can do what I love and get paid for it!
  12. by   NurseDirtyBird
    My husband makes enough to keep our family comfortable. I don't have to work. But I can't NOT work. I tried the SAHM thing for about 6 months after my son was born. Along with PPD, I went completely off the wall. Working as a nurse adds meaning and purpose to my life (yes, being a mother is important to me, but is not the entirety of my identity). I work Per Diem in LTC and it's perfect. I get to stay at home with my son most of the time, and still have the feeling of accomplishment of going to work. I work 4-8 shifts a month. It's enough to keep on top of my skills and knowledge, but not enough that I feel guilty for not staying home with my son. I intend to go back to school next fall, and my work schedule will be perfect for that too.
    The extra money is nice, and it's also nice to know it's not necessary if there aren't a whole lot of shifts open for me to take (around Christmas, the full-time employees tend to work as much as possible for the Christmas money). It's a perfect happy medium.
  13. by   irisheyesRsmilin
    I know of a gal who is working as a CNA and going for her RN. She is also not young, ( around 40) and thi is second career for her. She was VERY sucessful in her first career that she never needed to work again if she wanted to. She is doing this for the challange and to make a difference in the world. She loves being a CNA and the patients love her. She will make a great nurse, and maybe it is because she doesnt "have to" that makes her this way? I dont know....
  14. by   Kooky Korky
    Not all that glitters is gold. And things aren't always what they appear to be. Why do you care anyway what she does or why she does it? It won't put any money in your pocket.

    She might not really be married to him.

    She might want to keep her skills current, which is extremely wise. Winds shift, so do personal circumstances. You never want to let something valuable, like job skills, lapse.

    I knew a nurse married to an MD for 10 years or so. She did not need the money but she worked anyway. Now they're divorced and she must support herself.