danielle2000, MSN, RN 174 Posts Specializes in Family Practice. Has 1 years experience. Feb 25, 2016 I think the problem is not being able to make the transition from bedside wage to NP wage!!! As a RN on the floor you know you earn every penny stomping that pavement, only to come home tired and wishing for a better night shift. I have been doing nursing for 16 years and I am done! I started my nursing career late and I have no intentions pounding more pavement in my 60s. As I see it you work smarter not harder. I do not live above my means nor am I strapped down with an over the top mortgage. I always felt living is far superior than existing. I think for some it is worth it. You cannot put a price on a piece of mind!