Is there any nursing job that'll make $30,000+/yr for the FIRST job? - page 3

Guys, it seems like computer jobs are going to be outsourced... (from what people have said to me...) and i wanted a job into computers... but now i dont want to. anyways, i was wondering what kind... Read More

  1. by   Gompers
    I agree that there is no need to forget about computers just because of outsourcing. There are plenty of jobs available in the USA, but it is true that they are not as plentiful as they were 5-10 years ago during the dot-com explosion. My own husband entered into the telecommunications field at that time and put off going to college because business was booming and jobs were EVERYWHERE. Well, guess what? Ten years later, he is back in school trying to fnish his Bachelor's degree while working full-time, because now that the jobs are on the decline, he needs to make himself more marketable.

    I really don't think anyone whose main goal is to work with computers should really consider nursing just because there are jobs out there and that there is the possibility of computer careers down the road. Nursing informatics is really such a TINY field right now and unless you want to spend YEARS in nursing school and then working as a nurse - it's just not worth it. There are plenty of other fields out there that offer great salaries and lots of computer access without the craziness of nursing. If nursing is an actual interest, then fine. But to just use it as a springboard to an informatics career is very risky. Just my humble opinion as a nurse, the wife of a computer geek , and a coworker of nursing informatics students.
  2. by   aileenve
    I would imagine it depends on the area of the country you are in...I earned $32000 15yrs ago right out of school! Metro areas tend to pay more, but as you have heard, Nursing is not for every one...
  3. by   nursemike
    30K is definitely on the low end for RNs--as noted, some LPNs make that. In my location, 40+ is about average. Nor does the demand for RNs appear likely to diminish in the foreseeable future. You can just about pick any town on the map large enough to have a hospital and get a job there, though in some locations (mine is one) nurses aren't quite so scarce and you may not get the first job you apply for or exactly the one you want (I did, because I stayed with the employer I had before nursing school.)

    If you do go into nursing, you'll earn every penny. It's hard work, a lot of stress, and crazy hours. The icky smells are one thing, but nursing is very service-oriented, and clients can be demanding. You will gag. You will get your feelings hurt. You'll probably cry. Moments that break your heart are pretty much inevitable.

    I need to either get to the good stuff or hurry up and call off for tonight!

    If you're any good at all, some patients will love you. You'll be learning your trade for the rest of your life--30 yr nurses see something new every week, if not every shift. If your the type who is willing to do whatever needs done and not gripe excessively, at least some of your co-workers will like you. If you gripe in moderation, you'll fit right in.

    Shadowing a nurse, volunteering in a hospital, or even an entry-level part-time job are all good ways to see if it's the career for you. I happen to love it, though I would never have imagined that in my youth. I entered nursing school with a pretty good idea what it entailed, having worked several years as an orderly, and it still surprises me, at times. Some of those times are nice, others make truck-driving school look pretty good.
  4. by   Terpole
    Quote from Meerkat
    Give the guy a break...he was just asking.

  5. by   RNsRWe
    Originally Posted by Meerkat
    Give the guy a break...he was just asking.
    It wasn't that he was "just asking". It was WHAT he was asking and WHY. His reasoning for finding a job in nursing had zero to do with any expressed desire to work in that field, only the need to wipe out student loans. It's somewhat insulting to those who busted their butts to become nurses, to be viewed as a lesser major and merely a paycheck. I suppose it makes it more obvious a fact that the general public has no clue what the heck nurses do--we're just paid well and anyone can do it.

    So no, I don't see this as someone who is intelligently exploring career options. He's looking for the easy way out to make cash when he's under pressure to do so. And it offends many of our sensibilities.

    Maybe I'll see if Bill Gates needs a new CEO for one of his companies. I hear they pay well.
  6. by   RNgirlie
    hey matt,
    you went away! what are your thoughts right now?? talk to us. you got a few tongue lashings but don't be too sensitive about it. this is a wonderful site to get tons of info and feedback.
  7. by   anaknisupernurse
    Please don't get on the guy's case for wanting a stable, well-paying job. I have been working in LTC the past 7 years and I can count on my fingers (and toes) the number of nurses who do their jobs out of the goodness of their hearts. They may say so or think so but the proof is in the effort they put in their work. Also a lot of those taking nursing as their second course are doing this because of the stability and demand for nurses. Not everyone but a lot.
  8. by   callynurse
    well the average starting pay in California is over $25 and hour. You might want to get some experience first and then look into travel nursing, travelers at my hospital bring home over 9K a month, including housing allowance. Despite all the posts flaming you for being concerned about money, we all really want to make a good living and nursing certainly can do that. Good luck
  9. by   JohnBee
    Quote from Agnus
    Well yes if that is your goal to be a tech support person. And if it is your goal start your own company. Get your head out of the box it is in.
    Tech support jobs are not the only jobs outsourced. A lot of computer programmers have lost their jobs due to outsourcing. One of the students in my class used to be a computer programmer and lost her job due to outsourcing.
  10. by   catlady
    Quote from JohnBee
    Tech support jobs are not the only jobs outsourced. A lot of computer programmers have lost their jobs due to outsourcing. One of the students in my class used to be a computer programmer and lost her job due to outsourcing.
    Ten years ago when nurses were being laid off and otherwise generally abused, I remember a lot of nurses who were going to give up nursing to become computer techs and programmers. That's certainly come full circle now, hasn't it?
  11. by   Jo Dirt
    I don't look down on you for wanting to get into a job that pays a fair wage. Don't take the flogging you're getting on here personally. These nurses aren't working for free, I'd be willing to bet.

    I certainly went into nursing to make money and make it quickly. But don't let this fool you; nursing is very hard and stressful work, and while I'm thankful to have the job I have now (I am a fairly new grad in home health and I make $25/hr based on a 40 hr week plus .32 a mile) but I know that if something else comes along I won't lose any love with nursing.
    No, this is not reflected in my work, because I am a very hard worker by nature and I do a good job. It wouldn't matter if I was digging ditches or washing dishes...I work and I work hard.
    That is what nursing is and what you can expect. Work. Hard work. It isn't a cake walk by any means. Just be prepared for that.
  12. by   JazzyRN
    It depends on what state you are in. Ive worked in NY, CA and DC and have never been paid less than $33/hr and that was my new grad rate. If you are in the south or midwest you can expect to be paid peanuts, thats just how it is. You may want to consider moving to make more money, however keep in mind the cost of living will be higher at the higher paying states and cities. However in my opinion you still make out better with more money after bills working in the northeast or cali. Goodluck to you. And dont mind the nurses on here acting as if money isnt a factor in taking a job. I know I chose the hospital I worked at as a new grad, due to them paying 10K more than the previous 3 hospitals I interviewed at. I still love nursing, and didnt go in it for money,but if you can do the same work and make more, why not?
  13. by   Tweety
    There is nothing wrong with asking about salary and wanting to make a good salary. Most people when they are considering a career look into the salary. As someone above stated, ain't none of us working for free.

    Matt,as people are saying, there's no need to worry about making $30K a year, that will be quite easy if you become a registered nurse. New grad RNs start out at $20/hr. and are giving a raise after six months or so.

    Also, as someone stated you are a bit confused. There are no "nursing majors" to pick from.

    I think you need to speak to an advisor there on campus to figure some things out and come up with a plan.

    Good luck.
    Last edit by Tweety on Aug 13, '06