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  1. Merrie82

    The Honeymoon That Never Came

    So, I am a very new nurse, ie, still in orientation. I am feeling a little befuddled, because I seem to have missed the everything is sunshine, and dewdrops, and kittens, phase of my new career. I'm hoping this doesn't mean I'm going to reach the 'boy I need a new job' phase exceptionally fast. Don't get me wrong, I like my job and my new unit, but I also am very much appreciative of my days off. I started thinking about this because it came to light (ie I had no clue) last that my new unit only allows us to use 2 out of 5 weeks of earned time, and the rest we are supposed to cash out at the end of the year. (Or use as sick time, but I have no plans to become 'sick' so I can use my earned time, its just not in me). I am feeling particularly salty and crusty about this earned time policy, and wish I had known of it before I accepted this position, as I do enjoy being able to take a day off here and there. In fact, I am feeling like a long weekend would be very good right about now 🤣 ....and that's what I'm sayin'! I just started and I'm already ready for a break 😮 LOL. I have worked in the same hospital where I am now employed for a couple years as a CNA, and prior to this I worked for the same organization in a different role as a crisis worker for 3 years. It's also worth mentioning that things are a bit hairy at my hospital right now, as we are in the process of voting on unionization. Also, the covid. My old CNA unit is a covid unit, or has been since March, so I was maybe already a teensy bit burnt out. A friend of mine that I went to school with who also works in the hospital, and has transitioned to a nurse in her dept (ED) is feeling the same lack of 🌞 and 🌈, so im not alone. I just hope that this is not a foreshadowing of the shortest career in nursing history 🤦‍♀️👀. This is my second career, and I cannot afford a 3rd LOL. Honestly though, did y'all experience the kittens 😸 phase, or jump straight to the "2 more days and I get a day off" phase? I really do like a lot of aspects of my job. I find it to be interesting intellectually. I like the hustle and bustle and organized chaos. As hard as it is, I value being able to be there for patients when they are struggling, or when they pass. I like feeling like I accomplished something at the end of the day. So that's good, right? 😅😃👀 Thanks for all your wisdom in advance❤
  2. So a lot of you are wondering what your compensation will be following nursing school. I can't speak for each state but in Texas, nurses are paid very well, combine that with an unrelenting passion and proficient skills set, it's money in the bank. (BTW I didn't go to school for grammar and I'm notorious for extra commas) So, where I started working right out of school in July 2017 nurses are paid $24.25 an hour, I started in an ICU. I don't count the full year of 2017 since I was a tech making $11.70 an hour for more than half a year and by the end of the year without OT I made $45,000. In 2018 however, my first two checks were >$5,000 after taxes. How? Well, my base was $24.25, my hospital gives $1.00 raise every six months for the ~3 years for residents plus your annual increase. So after six months, I was making $26 something. I work nights so that is automatically and extra $3.25 per hour for the first four hours of your shift and then an extra $4 per hours for the next 8. So right off the bat, I was making at ~$30 an hours. I worked weekends so my job gives another $6.50 an hour for weekends, so guess what? I worked on weekends. So just for my differentials + base, I was averaging $36 an hour for 36 hours a week. There is always overtime and I only picked up when they offered $10 dollar bonus, which means they tack on another $10 an hour on top of my base, differentials and time and 1/2. I picked up an extra 1-3 shifts a week and for holidays they automatically pay time and 1/2. When you are in overtime and already getting paid time and a 1/2, plus holiday pay + base + differentials + bonus, that's money in the bank because you are getting double base pay plus everything else. Although, I will disclose I had no children and no pets so I was only obligated to myself and my bills lmao. If you have a family or other familial responsibilities it can be difficult unless you have a dedicated partner or support system whom/who are sympathetic to your financial goals. Also, some people love nursing and some people find out it is not for them, I am definitely one of those people who absolutely love my team (physicians, RTs, fellow nurses, social workers, administration, NPs, just everyone) and my profession. I had people who were willing to teach (nurses who were/are 30+ years in the game) as well as a younger nurse who knew the new tricks of the trade. I was never unsafe, for instance, I inquired with my manager about all my OT shifts and she agreed to cancel me if I didn't feel rested enough to work because I was doing the hospital a favor. Your environment has a lot to do with your work satisfaction. I don't mean to rant BTW I'm just telling you all my truth. I never felt burned out and took a 2 1/2 to almost full month vacation every 3 months. I've been to Germany twice, Hawaii, traveled to various parts of the country. Now that I have an extensive skill set, I travel but I still keep my job at my first hospital. I probably will never leave haha I never imagined making almost 6 figures as a brand new nurse and if I can do it, so can you!