I was just curious about this. I always see other people post that they are not interested in the amount of money or that they are not in nursing for the money (as we all know that nurses don't make that much). But is it true? Are we fooling ourselves or what?
I often see other posters deny that increase in salary would benefit the nursing shortage... What do you guys think?
I personally think that increase in salary would make a big difference but that it is not the only solution to the shortage. I didn't go into nursing mainly for the salary but I'm not ignoring it as well...
Opinions! This is a no flames thread!
Jun 6, '03
I am not going into nursing soley for financial purposes. However, it is a consideration. I believe that finances are always an issue when choosing a career. It is important to pick what you would love to do, but equally as important to pick something that you feel will provide security for your family. If nurses were paid minimum wage, OF COURSE I would not choose be a nurse, no matter how badly I wanted to.
To end the nursing shortage, I do not believe that salary should be the biggest priority (although an increase would probably help). WORKING CONDITIONS should. I think THAT is what is causing the majority of the problems.
I also agree with Jen that increased aid to independent students would help get more adults back to school and into nursing.
I HEAR YA' on the $40 to last 2 weeks thing! Been there more often than I would like to admit, and it usually happens during the time when all three kids need shoes! :chuckle And I am not looking forward to uniform buying time, myself!
Last edit by LeesieBug on Jun 6, '03
Jun 6, '03
Okay, I guess in many ways the money is what pushed me into nursing school. I knew that I wanted to train for a service related field and would do well in either psychology or social work. But either of those with a bachelor's have very few choices for good jobs that pay well. A nurse with a bachelor's does have more choices and I am planning on using my degree in the psych field.
I have wanted to be a nurse for many years, but didn't feel like I wanted all the personal care like on a med/surg unit. Once I realized that I could use my nursing on a psych unit, I felt like that was the way that I would go. I'm just starting clinicals in the fall... we will see where I actually end up. Wherever... I think the money will be better than if I was an entry level social worker! As you might notice from my signature... I'm old... I can't work awhile and climb a pay ladder... I do need a job that pays better to start!
By the way, my prereq classes always include younger students going into the nursing field for the money. I know that they won't last long. It's too much work for the money!
Last edit by Nurse2bSandy on Jun 6, '03