Who do nurses make more than? - page 4

Im passionate about this field, but let's be realistic here..I want to have a good job in ALL aspects aha I mean do nurses get bragging rights I mean what can a nurse actually do or buy?? I live in... Read More

  1. by   Patti_RN
    If your only reason for becoming a nurse (or pursuing any job, for that matter) is money, you're bound to become a very unhappy person. Money should never be the paramount reason for choosing a career--yes, it can be a factor, but not the most important reason.

    You say you want to be a "good nurse caring understanding gentle nurturing", but you never once mention committed, intelligent, selfless, or dependable. There seems to be a huge gap between dreams and reality as far as what nurses actually do. I've never known a nurse who was able to sit for hours with a dying patient, or spend even adequate time comforting a family member or patient. While most of us would love to show our 'gentle, understanding, caring, and nurturing' sides, our days are filled with charting, confirming orders, passing meds, cleaning up all sorts of bodily fluids, and maybe making one run to the bathroom in the course of an 8 hour day.

    Moreover, in spite of what you've probably heard about a nursing shortage, that's far from reality. Schools are churning out new grads faster than spots are created or vacated. Competition for jobs is intense. There is downward pressure on wages because of the surplus of warm bodies to fill the jobs. It's only going to get worse. And, the competition doesn't begin with employment, it begins for the coveted spots in schools. It's getting harder and harder to be accepted.
  2. by   That Guy
    My rent is more than that, my car payment is way too high, i pay all my utilities myself and I buy just about whatever I want. Now add a daughter to the mix, I dont think I could do that without sacrificing some for me, which is what kids are about right? So i say yes you can.
  3. by   duckyluck111
    I'm just going to be brutally honest here. If this is an example of your communication style, you are going to have a hard time finding any kind of job that is likely to provide the kind of income and lifestyle you describe. I apologize if this sounds harsh, but the job market is tight and projecting a professional demeanor is the key to success in any field. Good luck, whatever you decide to do!
  4. by   joanna73
    I'm single. I've lived comfortably on 45-50 grand a year. Not extravagant by any means though. As a new grad, I made 86 000 working full time after my first year of nursing. Cost of living is high, so that's relative. However, as I mentioned in a previous thread, it all amounts to money management, not your income. I still live as though I'm making 50-60 thousand a year, in order to have savings. I also have no intention of working full time forever, so I'd rather not up my lifestyle too much. Whatever you do, with respect to ANY career, be wise about it. 80 grand is also not typical for most new grads or experienced nurses. It all depends where you live and what the market is like.
  5. by   Fuzzy
    Every profession has people that have champagne tastes on a beer budget. This is why there are so many bankruptcies.

  6. by   RockinChick66
    Ive got my own opinion but Ive decided to keep it to my self. A haha
  7. by   nurseladybug12
    As a general rule, your rent should not be more than what you make in a week, your car should not be worth more than half what you make in a year, and you should always have saved 2 or 3 months of income in case something were to happen, such as losing your job, getting sick, etc. You should read up on financial planning and budgeting so that you can plan on not over-stretching your wallet. And realistically, it is also a safe bet to be putting 5-10 percent of your income away into a savings account as well.
  8. by   nurseladybug12
    Also, you can go to O*NET OnLine, it is a govt funded website of median salaries by state,job growth, and outlook for every profession you can think of, as well as lists of tasks,skills, and education that is needed for that profession. If you search RN and scroll all the way to the bottom, there is a drop down menu where you can change the state and see what their median salaries are, and it also lists how many current job openings there are. This site really helped cement my decision to move to Florida to pursue my RN career. I had seen that there were about 1600 nursing openings in CT when I graduated, and I knew there were 1500 RN graduates coming out of school May 2012. Just from that alone, I knew it would be tough to get a job in CT as a new grad, and it was, I applied to every single hospital in the state and got rejection emails. I looked at Florida's outlook and current openings and it was about 6400. I moved to FL and got a job within a week of getting my FL license endorsed. It really is a great website
  9. by   kevagonia
    your post is greatly entertaining. please do not go into this field.
  10. by   That Guy
    Quote from kevagonia
    your post is greatly entertaining. please do not go into this field.
    Are you kidding me? WHy should someone who wants to make good money not go into this field? people type online differently or put it differently than others so what?
  11. by   NamasteNurse
    you sound young, and you want a lot. Neither of those are bad things so don't get all huffy on me. Prepare to work lots and I mean LOTS of overtime if you are a single mom. If you're married and your husband makes similar to what you do, you may be able to swing the lifestyle you want.
  12. by   nguyency77
    Quote from That Guy
    Are you kidding me? WHy should someone who wants to make good money not go into this field? people type online differently or put it differently than others so what?
    My aunt is an RN. My uncle is a stay-at-home dad for their two small children. My aunt works ridiculous amounts of overtime, because my uncle isn't working. She made somewhere around $70,000 last year, but taxes took a huge chunk out. They have a modest house, and two cars. They live comfortably, but cannot live extravagantly.

    The point is that while on the surface a nurse's salary can look nice, other expenses must be calculated: taxes, mortgage/rent, home insurance, utilities, trash, car payments, insurance for vehicles, cell phone bill, Internet, cable, groceries, gasoline, household necessities (shampoo, toilet paper, dog food, etc.), home maintenance, time off of work if the child or the OP becomes ill/injured/family emergency, college funding, emergency money...

    The list goes on and on. As mentioned by BrandonLPN, some people will live beyond their means anyway. It comes down to how much you budget, how much you save, and whatever is left over.
  13. by   debarose
    Hey Amber your best bet will be to get a RN! ( BSN-to RN) but as you know NURSES with higher degrees is where the money is. Just like a nurse with a one year degree vs a nurse with a Bachelors. There is a difference in pay.

    I have many friends that are a variety of Nurses meaning from LVN to RN to a PHD (MRN). The higher the degree the more Money there will be. Of Course it also depends on your location . Some places pay better while others don't.

    It is possibly to make money depends on your degree and area of specialization.

    Good Luck to you,