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1/3 of my paycheck goes to tax!

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Im dissapointed they deduct so much in my paycheck every 2 weeks. I dont even make that much since I have less than a year experience. Then when I think about those patients that come to the hospital treating me like their own personal servant and on govt insurance. I get irritated. Why? The taxes they deduct on my hard earned paycheck contributes to this patient's hospital stay and in return, this patient treats me like his personal servant. So im paying him so he can treat me like his personal servant. Does anyone feels this way? Not all pt are like this, but theres a couple every shift.

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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Yup.....33% and rising.

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joanna73 is a BSN, RN and specializes in geriatrics.

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You're right. But I try to focus on the nice patients. The ones who aren't as nice....sometimes your demeanor can turn them around. If not...oh well, can't win them all. I don't worry too much about negative people. They aren't worth my energy.

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dudette10 has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Academics.

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I get annoyed at abuses, but all those taxes are mostly eaten by the military industrial complex, corporate welfare, and plain ole' stupid spending.

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I agree with you, it is extremely annoying to be treated poorly no matter what the case. I too, experience poor treatment from patients and families on at least a weekly basis. I just plain feel sorry for these people that their lives are so miserable, and I absolutely will not allow myself to get caught up in it, like a previous poster wrote.

As far as the taxes go, yes, we pay a lot in taxes. Just remember that the road you are driving on, the prisons that harbor the bad guys, our police men, and the military that protects our freedom are some of the things you pay for, either in state or federal taxes. Life ain't fair, and there will always be someone that takes more than they can or will give.

Just be happy that you are on the listening side of the stethoscope!

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Rob72 is a ASN, RN and specializes in Infectious Disease, Neuro, Research.

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I have a solution, but it is generally looked upon as harsh and non-theraputic.:D

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Yea, that sucks, but you probably drive to work on roads that are paid for by those taxes, are protected by cops and firefighters and military that are paid by those taxes, and most likely went to a public K-12 that was funded by those taxes.

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The fact is that the 33% you pay in tax is a bargain when you consider that it allows you to live in a safe and free land. I don't make much, but I make more than I would, even after taxes, than I would in most countries, I am also safer, and enjoy a better quality of life.

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tntrn has 34 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in L & D; Postpartum.

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But, remember that you are part of a dwindling population. Currently, depending on where the information comes from, only 48-51 percent of people pay federal income taxes. That means that 48-51% pay NO federal income taxes.

I don't know about where you live, but where I live, those 48-51% who pay no taxes, also drive on the roads, have cops and firefighters show up to their homes when 911 is called, attend public schools and their kids are now getting fed in the summer times, too.

Some of that fails the warm and fuzzy test for me.

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Jules A is a MSN and specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Is this your first job? ;) Yeah taxes suck up a lot of my pay but I haven't found a legal way to get around it and like glutton4punishment mentioned there are benefits that we take for granted like the highways and police protection.

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nursej22 has 30 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in med/surg,CV.

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I don't know that I appreciate being treated poorly by anyone, no matter how their hospital stay is funded. I am a little jealous however of all the seniors I care for that have Medicare that will probably be gone when I am their age. Especially those CHFers that declare they just can't do without their salt or skip their Lasix so they can go to the Lodge and booze it up.

As for taxes, I am thankful that I can turn on the water tap and get clean drinking water, my electricity is on 24/7, if my house catches on fire or I get hurt the fire department rushes over, the police patrol my streets that are paved (and plowed in the winter), and that yes my local hospital can handle most of the health care issues of me and my family. Not to mention air traffic safety, public education, insurance on my bank account, the post office, the military, courts, etc.

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whichone'spink has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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It seems that the more hours I put in for a given pay period, the more is taken out. I don't make much more than if I worked less hours in a pay period. It also burns my butt that taxes are taken out for SS and Medicare, which I know I will not see a cent of when I'm 65.

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