...just wondering who's becoming a nurse for the eventual excellent pay???
Jun 8, '09
I do have to say I feel there is absolutely nothing wrong with factoring the pay into your career decision. I would be lying if that was not a reason I considered the healthcare field. I do know people that don't quite have my "omg I want to do nothing but be a nurse" attitude that are very competent and safe nurses. But I do feel that long-term, you'll be dissapointed and may get burnt out pretty quickly if you don't have a genuine interest in nursing. I mean, MRI physicists make over 500,000/yr but I'm not exactly hopping on that train
. Just my
Last edit by mommy.19 on Jun 8, '09
Jun 8, '09
I'm not discouraging you and I have almost the identical credentials that you have (freaky coincidence isn't it?). I'm just letting you know that as long as your at the bedside it's going to be dirty work no matter how many years you have under your belt. To get away from the bedside (the dirty work) it's going to require more education and you will also need experience to get that promotion. At the end of the day it's 6 of one half a dozen of another. People think that nursing is the fast track to a good income and job stability and it doesn't work quite that way. Trust me there are no shortcuts in life and no one is paying anyone big bucks to do an easy job. If nurses are making good money in your area it's because they can't fill the positions for less not because the employers feel altruistic. If they could pay a monkey minimum wage to do our jobs they would...trust me you will be making what you make for a reason. It's because the job is demanding and stressful. YOU WILL WORK for every nickely you earn and if you think other wise you are just fooling yourself.
However, I think that experience is the best teacher and there is no use trying to explain it to people who think they have it all figured out. Welcome to the profession and enjoy your journey!
Last edit by Lovely_RN on Jun 8, '09
Jun 8, '09
Quote from Marc86
I live in California's Bay Area which is one of the top paying regions for RNs.
The Bay Area is also a very problematic region of the country if you actually want to find a job as an RN. There are not enough RN jobs in that area for everyone who would like to work. Some people have been searching for years for an RN position without luck. Click on the link to read the thread below. The respondents live and work in the Bay Area.
Last edit by TheCommuter on Jun 8, '09
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