The thing is, depending on the region you live in, any RN can bust their butts with overtime and make tons of money. I knew a number of nurses where I used to work in NYC who made close to 200k a year!! How did they do that? Well they basically worked nearly every damn day of the year, all holidays, some nights, etc. Their life was the job. I don't know about any of you, but I'm not willing to do something like that just so I can say I make 100+ thousand dollars as an RN. My current job has so much flexibility that I can honestly show up and leave when I want to. I actually don't spend more than 6 hours physically present on the job each day. I have to be available by phone, but that certainly isn't the same as being present on a unit for 12 hours straight. The point is, no matter how many hours I work, as long as I get my work done, I'm still getting paid! So I'll keep my little under 100K-a-year salary any day over killing myself working 5 or more 12 hours shifts a week to make that much.