My expenses as an RN are not even worth mentioning when comparing them to my out of pocket expenses as a teacher. As a teacher, I spent a lot of money on supplies, incentives, cloths, food, etc for my students. As a nurse, I purchased a pencil bag, pens, sharpies, a pill crusher, a pill cutter, a Littman stethoscope, a pen light, a hemastat, bandage scissors... Probably less than $200. Some of this items I have had since nursing school. So, it is not like in the classroom where you are constantly replenishing supplies. Those trips to the Dollar Tree really added up. Scrubs are definately cheaper than professional attire and they are washable. As a side bar, I really miss teaching. For me, the grass is not greener on the other side.