How did you feel when you got your first nursing paycheck? - page 3

All that time in nursing school had to pay off sooner or later. I'm sure many felt elated, many were ecstatic, and many just wanted to blow it all away. Do you remember your first paycheck? How... Read More

  1. by   DedHedRN
    My first two weeks of work was so hard, I was almost disappointed. I felt I deserved more.
  2. by   BSNbeauty
    I felt blessed !!! I had enough for bills and retail therapy.
  3. by   ak2190
    I remember feeling rich after having made $9.00/hr at my previous job!
  4. by   adventure780
    I was elated, I didn't want to spend it all fast, I wanted to donate it to charity and I did eventually donate a portion to charity and it felt great, it went St. Jude's
  5. by   plinytheRN
    disappointed as well... I made more as a student intern in CA ($23), than I do as an RN in Louisiana ($20) the whole cost of living thing is cheaper is mostly untrue (my rent here is $988). sigh... underpaid and overworked is the norm in the south. can't wait to get back to cali with pt ratios, better pay, and unions.
  6. by   fetch
    Mixed bag -- it was twice what I made as a pharmacy tech but still a good 20% lower than what a lot of my fellow nurses were making (I was working at a clinic, they were at hospitals). Now that I'm a school nurse, it's more per hour but less per year! Just gotta trust in my budgeting skills and believe that doing what I love is more important than getting a bigger paycheck.
  7. by   healthyglo
    Quote from gloryfied
    I feel like we don't get paid enough for the **** we deal with
    Now that's the truth lol.
  8. by   YasminLassiter
    A little sad that it was not much more than my previous salaried office job, however I am still happy with the career change. I look forward to all the possibilities though.
  9. by   Katniss0813
    When I got my first nursing paycheck I stared at it for a few minutes. I have had other jobs in the past but I never made that much in a single paycheck. It was also my first professional job as an adult so I also was feeling quite accomplished that all my hard work in nursing school finally paid off.
  10. by   RunBabyRN
    I'm graduating in May, and already dreaming of that first paycheck!
  11. by   ArtClassRN
    I got my first RN check in July 2011 and I still look at every check the same way. I like my job, I work hard and I earn every stinkin' penny.
  12. by   anon456
    After being a stay at home mom for ten years, I felt GREAT!
  13. by   coughdrop.2.go
    I almost passed out I was so happy. I couldn't run to the post office fast enough to pay my bills with a huge smile on my first. This month was my first paycheck where I had extra money left over after paying all the bills (and post-Holiday season). So instead of stuffing it in my savings I treated myself to a new wardrobe. I haven't had a closet full of new clothes since high school. I deserve it

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