grrrrrrrrrr- i don't know about you, but logging in to my computer and seeing things like this flashed across my screen upset me! nowhere in there does it talk about caring for patients, or compassion, or the fact that you need to invest your heart and soul to be a good nurse! only " make great money!!!" no wonder we get students and new grads who have no idea of what they are getting into...and sadly don't care- just in it for the paycheck.
#1 degree - nursing
there is no hotter degree than nursing. fortune
puts it atop its list of fastest growing jobs. the u.s. department of labor agrees, forecasting "excellent" job prospects for nursing graduates.
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nursing aide, orderly & attendant
Nov 8, '10
what's funny here is how some wistfully talk about 60k as if it's a lot of money. guess what? i make 100k as regular full time staff with no overtime in the heart of new york city. but
, ...guess what else
? i pay roughly 40k a year in taxes alone (fed, state & local, the highest combined tax rate in the country)
, and another 20k a year for housing, ecking out an existence on the remainder (~ 40k)
to raise a family of five. some of these people living in the middle of nowhere and "only" making 40k a year, but don't have my cost of living factors, don't realize how lucky they really are.
hence, it's an illusion; the dollar figure in salaries is all relative to the region. in many instances, those lower salary regions are actually much better off than where i'm at.
as for the op comments about money attraction to the profession of the "wrong" elements, ie. those only motivated by reward (and not the sacrifice that some think is a necessary element in nursing)
; i say, altruism is fine, but my kids need to eat. the better i get paid and take care of them, the more my heart and mind can be at ease to devote my training and attention fully to my patients. if i'm fretting where my kid's next meal is coming from, a patient's fetid decubitus ulcer would probably be the last
thing on my mind. we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others, and we shouldn't be made to feel guilty about that.
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Last edit by Emergency RN on Nov 8, '10