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@joseq - thank you for your reply. Your advice has been basically what I've been having to do. It truly does seem unfair, but I guess I at least can have some self pride unlike they can, knowing I'm not a slacker..😛
Buffalo NY area. Small rural hospital- about 28.50 base with 3 years experience. Our differentials are terrible. I think like 50 cents/hr for weekend and .75 for eves/nights. If that. I am per diem and make $4 more an hour for weekend hours beyond my requirement of one weekend shift per 6 weeks. The bigger hospitals in Buffalo start new grads at around $27-$28 not including differentials.
I am doing the RN to BSN through a State University in my own state. It's way cheaper than private universities. It will be about 9k total. It's all online. It's a heck of a lot of work compared to other programs at local private colleges in my area. But I wanted all online and cheaper. Also, there is a lot of group projects 😩(I hear many RN to BSN programs have this). Mine just feels excessive. Group projects are the worst when everyone in your group likes to sit back and watch one or two people do all the work. I know a few people who did the online program through Grand Canyon And liked it.
In my area, many job posts have the whole "BSN preferred" line in the "requirements". I have applied to and have been offered at least three of these such jobs and I only have my ADN at the moment. I do have a few years experience, but even without, it doesn't hurt to apply.
RN-24 BSN-working on w/age at expected finish in May 2016-28
Looking for some advice..support..
I am currently finishing up my first semester of three in an RN to BSN program. I am going through the program at my local state university. It's all online. While yes, there is a ton of paper writing and such, the only issue I am having are these never-ending group projects. I know most bridge programs have them but mine is feeling excessive. Plus being all online, it's very hard to coordinate. My program requires a 3.5 gpa to get into and I expected more from others in my cohort... But seriously, this is like pulling teeth to get people to contribute or participate at all. I send out numerous emails, organize the project, etc because no one else will ever step up. How bad is it? For one group project I am currently in (and of course the leader for because no one else will do it even though I work FT and due with a baby any day now and everyone else is "too busy") each week 4/10 people participate. I literally have not heard from some people for over three weeks. I have gone to the instructors. They tell me "you've done everything you can as leader, it's up to them to participate now". Okay, but what about the final project? It won't be complete and that's my grade affected! Who then has to step up and do their whole part since they obviously aren't?
So what I'm asking here...Has anyone else here had to deal with this in their programs? Any advice on how to deal with this? I am having anxiety just thinking about dealing with this for two more semesters😩
I'm from the Buffalo area. Have worked at a hospital in the medical campus downtown, also worked in an outpatient setting, and now work in a small rural hospital just outside of Buffalo. There is a lot of jobs posted here. Also a lot of nursing schools pumping out new grads all the time, so sometimes jobs are more competitive. Pay is lower than a lot of places, but is certainly okay for the cost of living here. In my opinion, we have pretty nice people, great food, and lots of up and coming improvements to the city and surrounding areas.
Another point before I go cry myself to sleep.. The point on "anyone can be a nurse". Sure, anyone can really do any job if they applied themselves. People are capable of many things. That doesn't mean everyone has the motivation to do it and then do it well. Maybe anyone could potentially be a nurse.. I don't know. But that doesn't mean everyone has the motivation and drive to do it...and then stick it out when their elbow deep in the nitty gritty of it.
It's not even the article that gets my blood churning... It's the comments. Why.. Why did I read the comments!? While I feel slightly offended, I must remember these people are trolling from behind a computer monitor in their mother's basement.
Nursing is a calling...from my landlord!
Nursing is what I do a few nights a week, not who I am. Nursing is a nominal part of my story. In fact, my side gig as a freelance makeup artist at a cosmetics counter is way more integral to my identity than nursing is. I have many interests and relationships that encompass who I am. Nursing? Na. When I am off duty, any thoughts of patients are fleeting and infrequent. Flo, you can keep the lamp..I just want my paycheck.
It's just a job.
Good lord. You aren't doing yourself any favors posting this thread, OP.
I am a new grad. Young. I came into nursing for practical reasons...helping people is just a bonus. Yes, nursing is "just a job." Work is called work for a reason.
I deal with a very rough patient population. The vast majority are extremely rude, entitled and noncompliant clients who treat the nursing staff like crap. Just the other day, I broke down in tears because out of the five patients I was caring for, four of them were complete nasty, malicious jerks. Even my preceptors agreed that this assignment was unusually ridiculous.
But then I asked myself, why am I here? Surely not to be some butthead's punching bag. As my grandmother always says, "you don't have to take them home with you." You know what is a great motivator? Having financial stability. Great health insurance. A pension. Other fantastic benefits. The ability to help my single mother with her bills and mortgage and to help my special needs brother. To be able to live comfortably and live without deprivation.
Seeing nursing for what it is has helped me survive a brutal unit...not the intangible. If I wanted to help someone, there are many avenues besides nursing. Why aren't doctors shaming each other into being martyrs? Why is this calling only tied to nurses?
A nurse must be competent and safe. While it is nice to care, altruism in this profession is a guaranteed one-way ticket to burn out town. If I only came to be a martyr, I would have quit my job last week.
Nurses are professionals, not saints. The sooner you learn now, the better.
Are you going to be working too? I had a friend in nursing school who had a baby in between second and third semester. She did just fine. But she didn't work. I think working, school, and baby would be a lot.
You will always get a huge variety of answers when asking anyone on any field of they like their job. I am an RN and I don't necessarily love my job by any means, but it has it's perks. There are so many avenues to try as an RN (don't like a certain area you're practicing in..try something else!), there is a bit more flexibility than a lot of other careers (12 or 8 or 10 hour shifts, weekends, nights, per diem, part time, etc), there is always something new to learn, and the money isn't too bad especially considering how little I paid for schooling and have zero debt. There are pros and cons to every job.
I paid about 6k for my ADN at a community college and will pay about 10k for my RN to BSN at a state university. I worked during my ADN and didn't have to take out loans. I didn't go to NYU but I am still an RN and I have had zero problems getting jobs and make good money. I can not even begin to imagine having 120k in debt. No way. Find a cheaper option.
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