rich?...well, let's see.....moved across the country, pay the same amount of money for gas, higher rent, food the same, took almost $10/ hour cut in pay, get nothing for having a bsn, but still have to pay back those student loans, oh yes, i,m rich!! (i am, but not monetarily) i have to say i am a bit discouraged by the low pay. my brother, who doesn't even have a high school diploma (i love him, of course) makes more money an hour than my husband (who has a masters) and i put together. he has to work in the heat and he works hard, but come on!! i love what i do, but it's really hard when young people tell me that they would love to be a nurse, but can't believe the low pay. ok, off my soap box, now. no, i'm not rich, but at least i love my job!!