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by Oldpro1985 Oldpro1985 (New Member) New Member Nurse

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However the only reason I’m thinking of going to Texas and trying an extensive orientation is because I have nothing else to do. I have a wonderful family life and I don’t want to leave my family. But I honestly do not know if it is worth it. Making 20 hourly is great but once I figure in saving for a new car to replace my current one and rent and miscellaneous I don’t know if it’s really worth going for... i do think of helping people but at such a low pay scale.

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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I don't need the money either. I'm doing it for integrity. I did the whole, 'is it worth it, etc.' 

Nurses are in a position of trust, we just are. When someone removed me from that position, it stuck in my craw. I went 10 years without nursing because, was it worth it? Financially? Probably not. Time away from family? Never. 

What has ultimately been invaluable is my self-respect. 

Maybe there are nurses out there who can just walk away, Lord knows I tried to be one of them. Fact is, I like helping people. And I couldn't just go get another degree helping people with a license in nursing that was encumbered. This was never going to go away and I couldn't live with myself if I didn't fix it before I died. My kids knew what had happened. When they thought of me, would they say, "well, once Mom was a nurse. But, she lost that job." No, I couldn't do it.

You never know who is watching, so don't give up. That alone is what made it "worth it" to me.

Good luck, God bless.

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On 2/9/2019 at 8:26 AM, Persephone Paige said:

Maybe there are nurses out there who can just walk away, Lord knows I tried to be one of them. Fact is, I like helping people. And I couldn't just go get another degree helping people with a license in nursing that was encumbered. This was never going to go away and I couldn't live with myself if I didn't fix it before I died

Persephone,

This is exactly the reason, after all this time, I swallowed my pride and came back to nursing.  (Well, as soon as I get the last clinicals done!).

I will forever remember what took me down and work hard to never repeat it, but, you hit the nail on the head with your insight!

RN1965

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