Taking a paycut for experience? - page 3

Hello everyone! New to all nurses. I am currently working on a stepdown unit in a benefited position that pays $72/hr + $7 differential. There is a nearby hospital hiring for ICU training. The issue... Read More

  1. by   bncrowd1
    The one regret I have as a nurse is pursuing jobs for the pay benefit alone and not for gaining new experiences and knowledge. I have been a nurse for over 20 years and regret not pursuing jobs like ICU and ER, where I could gain more knowledge. The more experience you have in complicated areas, the more marketable you are. Sadly, at my age, I have not been able to find a job in those areas because they want younger nurses - new graduate nurses. Just a thought.....
  2. by   JudyB88
    I live in Baltimore , Md and I am currently taking a significant pay cut to improve my quality of like. As an experienced DON I was making 130,000 plus 10-20 thousand annual bonus. But I gave my life to my facilities, 24/7 on call, 12-14 hour days, and nightly calls 2-4 days a week, plus constant stress. I am switching to home health Case Manager at base salary of 85,000 but potential to make 100-112 by taking extra cases. It was a very difficult decision but I looked at my goals. I am 54 yo and would like to enjoy my grandchildren. I would like to work FT for another 5 yrs then have potential to work PT and travel when my hubby retires. I can not do that as a DON and I was VERY good at my job so was peg holed as a Regional Director or DON in skilled care. IF I didn't do it now, I knew I would not be able to do it in 5 yrs because some already said I 'didn't have enough bedside experience (Ha, if they only knew!)
    I would say, you are young, if your goal is something like a flight nurse or after a year or two of ICU experience you could move back to a hospital and make more money then it would be worth the sacrifice now. If you don't really know the direction you want to go, then stay until you have a better idea. It all really depends on where and what you want to do in 5 years. Good Luck!
  3. by   billswife
    Quote from Newgradnurse17
    Wait?! You have 3 years experience and earn $72 an hour??? No wonder every one talks about money on here. I had no idea you earned so much in the US. Not even are most senior nurses or even nurse practitioners here in NZ earn that. I have to say, I have a lot less compassion now for US nurses ranting on here, when I'm dealing with the same bullsh*t for $23.79 an hour.


    not all U.S. nurses earn that much! That is more than double my pay with more than 20 years experience in ICU.
  4. by   Kysam
    Trust me, that's not the norm here. Desperate nursing needs and high cost of living. No where near that much in the Midwest. I actually thought it was a typo!
  5. by   Elaine M
    Quote from Newgradnurse17
    Wait?! You have 3 years experience and earn $72 an hour??? No wonder every one talks about money on here. I had no idea you earned so much in the US. Not even are most senior nurses or even nurse practitioners here in NZ earn that. I have to say, I have a lot less compassion now for US nurses ranting on here, when I'm dealing with the same bullsh*t for $23.79 an hour.
    My eyes got wide and I thought "what the heck" too until I read where she worked. A family of 4 with an income of $105K is now considered low income in the Bay area. So she's making a bit more above that.
  6. by   zhapper2002
    Quote from dropdatslurpee
    Thanks for the reply nursepolice. I actually do work at that K hospital currently. The other hospital is a county hospital. I plan on staying with K hospital long term and if I were to take the county ICU job, it'd be roughly for a year. Ultimately I agree with your sentiment and will most likely not take the job. Will be looking for better opportunities for ICU experience.
    Is this hospital in Alameda County? I am from the Bay too and I worked in H Hospital in the said county. If it is in that hospital the stress level is up to outerspace. However, that was a huge paycheck cut, but of you'll think about the rate and benefits it's good to stay. But if you have goals, it might be a good try. You already have your 3 yrs experience and nobody can take that away from you. I wish K Hospital do train their nurses to go to special areas but I doubt it. I hate it when they get more travel nurses than the locals. But I wish you good luck! Hoping you rethink your current positon.
  7. by   stockholm
    I haven't really read everyone's comments but i have one not-so-pretty solution. While it isn't ideal, you really could work your current just and per diem across town and get the experience. Youll be tired but youll have full benefits and bring in some great extra money! and then once you've dont your time per diem and get the experience, you can get into an ICU and get full benefits for that and stop working 5-6 days a week
  8. by   Akay1717
    What is your end game? Are you looking to increase your experience or are you looking into potentially CRNA school or something? I am all for sacrifice if it gets you to where you want to be. You have to evaluate your career goals before making a decision like this.

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