Are you in Nursing for the Caring or the Cash?? Be Honest - page 18

hello i am currently in nursing school and the weirdest thing is how future nurses talk about how they are going to be getting paid!! it's as if caring is not involved in their frame of mind, this... Read More

  1. by   Gromit
    Sure as hell aren't going to get rich doing it Heck, I'm just trying to break even and get the bills paid off! Local place is offering up part-time positions for home health RNs, I figure I'll at least look into it as a way to pick up some extra bread -what do I have to lose, right?
  2. by   jojotoo
    Caring OR cash? It can't be both?
  3. by   jimthorp
    Quote from jojotoo
    Caring OR cash? It can't be both?
    Why not? I certainly am not working for the fun of it alone.
  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from jojotoo
    Caring OR cash? It can't be both?
    I think about 95% of the respondants to this thread, said that it was both. I know it is for me. I love being a nurse, but I love paying the bills too.
  5. by   blueberrybon
    Quote from lizz

    And, I'm a member of the older generation (43 years old), which is why I'm going back to school to become a nurse.

    OMG, I'm 42! Am I actually considered "a member of the older generation"?

    Reality is setting in.....

  6. by   Agnus
    I love nursing. I hate my job. I work as a nurse. I stay in it because I can make a relative generous amount of money in a few hours. Any other nursing job would not pay that much in this (geo.) area.

    I use the rest of my time to do nursing. That is use my nursing skills in way that I do find fulfilling. I speak. I consult. In some cases I get paid $ for these two nursing activities. I have an nursing job to pay the bills and to allow me to be an automouse nurse outside of the job of hospital nurse.

    I spend time with my family. I can be home with my grandchildren and form important bonds with these little people who will learn and grow to do important things in this world. That to me is more important than all the satisfaction and thanks that I could possible receive as a "caring bedside nurse"
  7. by   Jennifer, RN
    I went to nursing school not for some deep desire to take care of people but because I was a newly divorced single mom of a 1 year old and needed to have a good paying job fairly quick.
    I am now happily married to a wonderful man, have 2 more children with another one on the way. I am still in this career because of the money. I can make a decent living supporting my family (with the help of my husband too) while working a flexible schedule allowing my kids to not have to get shipped off to daycare every day with someone else raising them.
    When my kids are older, my goal is to go back to school to get another degree in a field that I LOVE.
    Not that I hate nursing. I found a specialty that I like, I work with great people. I am a good nurse. I care for people. But it's just not the career that I dreamed of as a young girl.
    So for me, its all about the money and being able to pay my bills, have health insurance, etc....
  8. by   Jennifer, RN
    And if all of us who became a nurse for the money left the field so we wouldn't tarnish the sanctity of nursing, the shortage would be even worse. Be careful what you ask for, if may happen.
  9. by   blueiwahine
    I have to say I did it for the flexibility and the job security...the money is nice too...but as long as hubby has a job &'s not as important...the thought was if we ever decide to move...someone would have to be able to get a job with nursing...I should never have a problem finding one.