Thinking about nursing - page 4

I've read thru some of the comments here and I consistently see "low pay" and "hard work", well the hard work is something I can deal with but I don't see where the "low pay" is coming from since the... Read More

  1. by   peaceful2100
    John, you sound a lot like my brother. He is in computer science too and he was making $75,000.00 on his job before he got laid off. He has been through several lay offs in just the past 6 years and he is fed up with it all. I told my brother I think he would make a GREAT nurse because he is so loving and caring plus he has an interest in the human body. He is seriously thinking about it too. His wife is already a nurse and she told him the EXACT same thing I did about how he will make a great nurse.
  2. by   tonicareer
    It is definitely cost of living and supply and demand. I have a degree in el. ed that is worthless because of the huge supply of teachers. Here I can make 40 to 60 dollars a day as a sub (if I get called which is seldom). I can work day care centers for minimum wage part time no benefits. But making 15 dollars an hour or more for nights and benefits sounds great. The average price of a house (3 bedroom and 1 bath) is around 45, 000 here. Now if I move to a big city I will make more per hour and pay more for rent or mortgage. Right now only 600 a month for an apartment. I would not want to live in New York or California because of the high cost of living. But in a small rural area 15 an hour seems like a lot( at least to me). Plus you can go any where and quickly find a job. The papers are full of ads (yes I know some of the places are crummy to work at). But the biggest problem is waiting to get into school for a nursing major in the first place.
  3. by   studentdeb
    You guys make me wonder if I should stay in my current position where I make $16.28 per hour. I live in Ohio so I am hoping that once I finish school, I will be able to make a decent amount. I heard once that one of the local hospitals start RN new grads off at $19.00 but in a couple of years, that should be a little more. I have doubts everyday about going for nursing (mostly because I have a fairly decent job, but not in medical) so I keep plugging away with school and hope that I can do it.
  4. by   studentdeb
    Rebel_Red- can I ask why you left social work? That is something I have considered also, but decided on nursing. I think if I can't hack nursing, social work will be my next field of choice.

  5. by   marilynmom
    Look over on the General Nursing Discussion board here

    New RN grads in Florida stated they are only make $15-$16 an hour. The only way to find out what hospitals are really paying is to talk to the nurses who actually work there, but for anyone wondering how much their state is paying go ask there! I never go by what the newspapers say.

    One of the best paying places (and low cost of living, etc) is Texas! I am in Oklahoma now (where they pay is not good) and after graduating we are serioulsy thinking of moving to Dallas area (its only 2.5 hours away from here) just because they pay is soo much better.

  6. by   neelyt
    I have been reading some responses in this section and have noticed a lot of you referring to an RN as only a two year degree but the schools I have looked at required 120hrs to complete the nursing degree, I am just now able to pursue my nursing degree and would like to know what to expect out there. I have not been around the nursing world to much as I have not been able to pursue my goal of becoming a nurse until just recently. Help me if you can. Tom
  7. by   LoriB

    If you have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field you can do an accelerated bsn in one year or a non-accelerated bsn in two years. I believe the ADN programs are two years but I haven't looked into that so someone else can answer. I am beginning my pre-reqs in the fall and will hopefully start nursing school next May. I am applying to two accelerated programs in Philly.

  8. by   neelyt
    Thank you Lori, I only have an associates completed and I just found out that some of the credits might not be accepted so I will be in the same boat you and might be even farther. None the less I will complete everything needed in the next year. I will get my RN. Tom.
  9. by   jadednurse
    I think there is an important point to considerwhen you say you are surprised at nurses who complain about their salaries: Where are they in their careers? I didn't complain about my salary when I got my first job as a nurse...I didn't know any better! I think alot of the frustration is voiced by nurses who have been in the field for awhile.

    Seems other professions , while they make less in starting salaries, quickly meet and exceed our profession's after 10, 15, 20 years of experience.

    And I just had to chuckle to myself when I noticed that most of the posts that said nursing isn't an underpaid profession are coming from people who haven't gotten their feet wet yet. It would be interesting to see if you feel the same in about 10 years! :chuckle
  10. by   CrisBirm
    Nursing is a demanding, frustrating, and fulfilling profession in many ways, but when nursing salaries are compared to other "occupations", nursing usually comes out low on the pay scale. Consider what UPS/USPS workers make an hour or factory line workers. I have worked both Psych and Med-Surg, work 12 hour shifts, and seldomly get a break other than lunch (which is docked automatically), work every other weekend, and am only paid $17.73/hr for day shift as a "staff nurse". Oh yes, that hourly wage includes "extra" $1/hr for having BSN. Expected to stay late, give up my days off due to call ins or understaffing and God forbid service without a Smile!
  11. by   Jason00
    Hi all. I stumbled upon this page tonight and couldn't help but register and add my input. Quick introduction... I'm an Air Force reservist who switched specialties (when I left active duty) to become a med tech to get an idea if nursing was for me. Oh, and I'm a guy and an ex-military cop. And my wife is currently a civilian cop. Talk about breaking stereotypes!

    Anyhow, to the point. Here in mid/northern California (south of San Jose), a starter home (3/1 ~1500 sf) in a 'not so good' area will run you $350,000 or more. A starter home in an 'okay' area will set you back over $400,000. And believe me, I am talking about boring, small homes here. You will not get into a home for under $300,000. A condo, perhaps.

    Gas is often over $2.00/gal. I have paid $2.89 before.

    Everything else is probably pretty close to about the same. I speak from experience, having lived in both Utah and Florida.

    Now the fun part. All of the nurses in my reserve unit that have discussed their civilian nursing salary seem to make very good money. My lieutentant (who is also a guy) has been a civilian RN for about 3 years and made about $130K (with OT) in 2003. Other nurses discuss pay openly often, and I have heard hourly wages ranging from $37 to $50/hr. I would not be surprised if some made more. I am unsure of what the average starting salary is.

    More examples of high California pay: Police Officers start at about $60k/yr. City of Santa Clara police starts 'em at $72K out of the academy. Most seasoned cops here make well over $100k/yr. There was a story somewhere about a firefighter in this state who made something like $237,000 in 2002 due to shift diffs, maxing out the scale, OT, etc. Amazing.

    I used to work on the management team of a security company. We had unarmed security officers making $20/hr. Many spoke English very poorly. Starting pay was generally $14/hr or more.

    Many fast food jobs start at over $10/hr.

    So long story short, the person that posted that he/she makes over $100K/yr is almost certainly from California!

    Finally, I cannot believe that it is still possible to get into a nice home in America for under $100K!

    Anyhow, glad I found this site. Seems like there is a lot of good info here. I'll be back, gonna go look around a bit.

  12. by   maire
    Wow, old thread dredged up! Welcome to the board, Jason, post often!