LOL. Well, It would certainly seem that i've struck a nerve with my comment at the start of this forum about becoming a nurse for the right reasons. So, shall I explain myself more in depth??
I personally have nothing against a good paycheck. Yes, I do make a good salary as a nurse. But yes, I also VOLUNTEER as a nurse with a local community organization several hours a wk FOR FREE. Does that make me a better person than anyone else here, NO. But it means that I do try to keep my perspectives in order. I did not become a nurse b/c of the paycheck. I did not become a nurse because I have some saintlike quality about me. I became a nurse because I care about ppl in general. I hate to see suffering among humankind. To me, there is much sorrow in life. There are many ppl much less fortunate than I, and if I can help them just a little bit in life, then my life is better for it.
To the OP, I apologize for sounding if I was attacking you personally. That was my bad. I've just seen way too many young nurses come straight from nursing school into my unit not giving a D@#@ about the sick pts in my unit, and only caring about what they're gonna do with this wk's paycheck, and "how do these scrubs make my butt look?" lol...these nurses drive me crazy...and quite personally i wish they'd never joined nursing.
Again, I'm sorry if I lashed out at the OP. There is nothing at all wrong with wanting to earn a good salary. Nurses do HARD work, and do deserve much more than the majority make. However, please do keep the pay in perspective and become the type of nurse that you'd want taking care of your family members.