How did you spend your first nursing paycheck?


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Has 10 years experience.

I bought a new bike for me when I received my first nursing paycheck.

Has 8 years experience.

I bought a Michael Kors bag and matching wallet with one of my first nursing pay checks. I also paid off credit card bills very quickly, it was nice!

Ruby Vee, BSN

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Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.
I bought a Michael Kors bag and matching wallet with one of my first nursing pay checks. I also paid off credit card bills very quickly, it was nice!

I bought a new car. Once I had a nursing job, I actually qualified for an auto loan, so technically I just put the first payment on a new car, but that was major! I had never driven a NEW car before, and the ones I had in nursing school were well used before I got them. (A junk yard near my folks' farm used to sell me cars that had been junked for one reason or another but we're still drivable.)

Specializes in Critical Care, Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele,.

I was late on my bills while in no-mans-land between graduation-taking the NCLEX- and getting a written job offer, so I spent my first check playing catch up. I payed 2 months rent plus eviction fees (I was late, so they started the process).

I was also able to get my eyebrows and facial hair threaded! ��

Im not complaining! It sure felt good that 1 paycheck could cover so many expenses.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Pedi. Has 16 years experience.

It was 9 years ago but probably rent, student loans and groceries.

Specializes in Documentation, Medication Administration.

I don't remember exactly where I spent my first paycheck but I remember that I was so happy when I got that first taste of earning my own money. I think I gave some of it to my mom to help with paying the bills. The rest? I spent that money on food.


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Has 4 years experience.

A new laptop


93 Posts

Put most of it in savings but remember I went to the mall and got some makeup from Sephora. Don't even shop there now but it was nice buying something that was more "expensive."


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Probably not very exciting, but I purchased a Littmann Cardiology IV and a few new sets of scrubs. And I wish I'd gotten a better stethoscope earlier. Part of it is needing to develop my assessment ears, but having MUCH more sensitive stethoscope helps immensely.

For fun I also bought some new fountain pen inks, because when I write at home I use fountain pens. I love all the colors and textures, ball points just can't ever compared. But I still use ball points at work, because I'm OK with those getting stolen. I have samples of Diamine's Shimmerinks to work with, so beautiful!


468 Posts

Proof of income to go buy a house. We attempted to go through the process in the past but the banks don't like part time income and wouldn't even count it, even when I was working two part time jobs with way more hours than I currently work. Still in the process but I'm sure it got divied up into inspections, down payment, etc some which way.

Has 20 PLUS years experience.

I was so young -REALLY YOUNG and no real bills- I " Balled out " . Man , I spent every dime like there was no tomorrow. Plus, over night , it was like my credit report went into space and the same day I bought a "92" Range Rover in "93". Back then (Range Rover) was still exotic and get this - police stopped me so much - I would save and show my check stubs to Chicago Police when stopped . Never would fail -CPD would ask , " Hey how you afford a truck like this ? " . Memories , memories