Are you in Nursing for the Caring or the Cash?? Be Honest - page 3
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
Jun 10, '04Occupation: I work for a physician's exchange Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 534; Likes: 20Wow...that's funny, everywhere I go(in my area) LPNs make 6 to 10 dollars more than cashiers. But, then again I live in a part of Texas that offers ok pay to try and keep nurses in the area(I guess that's why, not sure)Quote from J LynnIt can't be for the money 'cause cashiers get paid as much as most LPNs.Last edit by Truly_Blessed on Jun 10, '04
Jun 10, '04Occupation: Oncology RN Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 806; Likes: 25Quote from Truly_BlessedCashiers working for Safeway out here are in a union. They make over $20 an hour!!Wow...that's funny, everywhere I go LPNs make 6 to 10 dollars more than cashiers.
Jun 10, '04Occupation: RN PICU/CTICU Specialty: Paed Ortho, PICU, CTICU, Paeds Retrieval ; Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 164; Likes: 25If I am honest then I have to say that I chose the career for the caring. However, after 10 years of working alongside agency nurses (who earn 3 times what I do, and work half as hard :angryfire ) I decided that I needed the best of both worlds. Ultimately I cut my standard shifts from 13 per month to 8 per month. I fit these shifts into the first 2 weeks of each month. Then, for the last 2 weeks of each month I work 8 agency shifts. By doing this I get 4 nights each week (and avoid the heartache of changing from days to nights and back again) and earn double what I was initially. The unit I work for don't seem to mind, I guarantee them that I will be available for all 16 shifts.
Since I have done this a number of colleagues have followed suit - apparently the staffing budget has taken a huge knock, but to be honest - I don't care, only another month until I leave to come to the USA with a healthy amount of savings behind me.:chuckle
PS: just noticed that I have made a century (100 posts) :hatparty:
Jun 10, '04Occupation: I work for a physician's exchange Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 534; Likes: 20That's crazy, wow! I guess I am naive. I had never heard of cashiers being unionized. Well, guess that proves I am not in it only for the money...suprises me, even! If it was between $14/hr LPN, or $20/hr cashier....I would still be an LPN.Quote from TweetiePieRNCashiers working for Safeway out here are in a union. They make over $20 an hour!!
Jun 10, '04Occupation: Oncology RN Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 806; Likes: 25Quote from Truly_BlessedI actually think it is ridiculous for a cashier to make that much money! How much brain power does it take to punch some keys in. I used to be a cashier and only made $5.35 an hour.That's crazy, wow! I guess I am naive. I had never heard of cashiers being unionized. Well, guess that proves I am not in it only for the money...suprises me, even! If it was between $14/hr LPN, or $20/hr cashier....I would still be an LPN.
Jun 10, '04Occupation: I work for a physician's exchange Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 534; Likes: 20I just want someone to honestly answer this question: When someone says their #1 reason for wanting to be a nurse is the steady income, why they are automatically put in the "in it just for the money" box? Just curious. I mean, is it supposed to be one of these "higher calling" situations for everyone who enters nursing, in your opinion?
Jun 10, '04Occupation: I work for a physician's exchange Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 534; Likes: 20Yes, I worked as a cashier forever, and I never made above $6/hour. LPNs here start at $8/hr more.Quote from TweetiePieRNI actually think it is ridiculous for a cashier to make that much money! How much brain power does it take to punch some keys in. I used to be a cashier and only made $5.35 an hour.
Jun 10, '04Occupation: RN and blogger extraordinaire Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych ; From: OR, US ; Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 26,953; Likes: 44,683I'll be honest: it's both for me. I'd always wanted to be a nurse, but it wasn't until much later in life that I learned that it would pay enough to live decently, and that was when I actually decided to go through with it. And frankly, I like the idea that there will always be a need for my services, thus there's some economic security in nursing.
To get paid for doing what you love is terrific; to get paid WELL for doing what you love is even better. I'm sorry, I've lived through some incredibly tough times financially, and I happen to think my $26+/hr. is fabulous! So does my DH, who makes $9/hr. So does my sister, who also has a two-year degree, has worked for the same attorney for 7 years and still makes less than $13/hr. And so would most people in this area, where the average wage is somewhere around $10/hr. and the fastest growing industry is food service.
Jun 10, '04Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 38,756; Likes: 16,289neither mercenary or nun.
I got into it for MY own good reasons, for which I dont' feel anyone has the right to judge. Here it is in a simple, succinct nutshell:
I need to make a living.
Jun 10, '04Joined: May '04; Posts: 24; Likes: 6I went into nursing to help people. BUT it certainly made it nice to get paid...compassion and altruism does not pay the bills. My first nursing job paid $3.75 /hr and after 35 years I make $30/hr that is less than a $1/hr increase per year. I certainly have not stayed in Nursing because of the money. I love what I do and can't see myself in any other profession/career. Although making better money would be a plus!
Jun 11, '04Occupation: Student nurse Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 44; Likes: 1Quote from SmilingBluEyesHeh. I like that! I'm pretty sure noone would ever accuse me of being a nunneither mercenary or nun.
As I said in the previous thread on this topic: I made a conscious choice to go back into nursing for the money. Not in the sense of making a whole bag load of cash, but in the sense of having a secure, reasonably well paid job (though I reckon we should be paid more!), that offers a variety of job choices/fields and will allow me to travel all over the world.
Thats not to say I don't care about people - if I didn't, I'd make a pretty shoddy nurse. My patients always seem happy and tell me how well cared for they feel when I have looked after them, so I must be doing something right. But that doesn't change the reasons why I decided to go back to school to become a nurse (for the second time around: maybe thats why I was able to leave `caring about people' off my list of reasons to go back to school. I knew exactly what I was getting into and I had no illusions about any of it!).
In the end I'm doing it because I want to. I'll let other people do it for whatever reasons *they* want. It's none of my business. If they're in it for the wrong reasons then they'll find out soon enough (and how!).
I *do* think it takes a special kind of person to be a nurse, but I'm not so special that I don't have bills to pay and a need to put food on the table :P
Jun 11, '04Occupation: nursing student Joined: Nov '03; Posts: 64; Likes: 1I am in nursing school because I want a good, steady job and I like interacting with the pts. I'm not a saint who longs to heal the sick. Nurses in NYC make a LOT of money. New grads at my school this year started at at 65k per year. The great thing about us who want to make a good living is we'll pick up a lot of extra shifts so that some nurses I know make 90k a year cause they work hard and they want to advance their lifestyle. Do nurses like us stay on the floors long? No, usually we get out as soon as possible, and give good nursing care in areas like plastic surgery, agency, MD offices etc. or possible legal nursing, forensic nursing. pharm rep.... I'm basing that off a lot of people I know at my school who dread even spending 1 year on med surg and so they will all pick the highest paying job that does not involve floor nursing most likely. These are not bad nurses, they just have different ambitions and want to pursue their career differently and with little back injury. Maybe that's wrong, maybe everyone should feel some sort of calling and just want to help people but THAT is not pursuing a career. I think nursing is a career and the hospital is a business, everyone else in the health care system is worried about their wallet and serves some nurses some good to do the same as long as it doesn't interfere will giving good care to the pts.
Jun 11, '04Occupation: RN - College Health Specialty: Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health ; Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 6,584; Likes: 70I specifically went to nursing school to have a career that would be stable and capable of supporting my husband and myself in the event he loses his job through layoffs.
I love my work, but if a person says he/she is in it just for the caring - if you weren't being paid, would you still go in? How about if your pay was half of what it is now?
I made $3.35/hr as a nurses' aide many moons ago - loved my work and the people, but I was going to college to better my situation so I could make more money. Nothing wrong with that. If being a nurse's aide paid what being a nurse does, I'd still be there.