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Tell me how you made >$100K or more per year

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by Meep,RN Meep,RN (New Member) New Member

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I'm interested in hearing success stories of those who turned their love of taking care of people and found a way to make bank doing it :):twocents:

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I'm not a nurse, but one did show me the rewards of nursing by revealing his payments received throughout the previous year. He made a little over 100K that year and he told me that the way he did it was by taking the critical care floors and work that most other's avoid. He told me that getting as much experience as possible and you can sort of demand what you want to be paid.

Also, from what I understand, PRN has some of the best pay and you can jump between multiple facilities.

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PMFB-RN has 16 years experience and works as a Rapid Response, Trauma/CV ICU. ER/Transport.

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Nearly all the staff RNs in my hospital who have 4-5+ years of experience make $100K +.

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I have less than a year in the ER and I'm making $19.5/hr WHAT THE HELL am I doing wrong?!

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I always work 2 or 3 jobs prn and try to only pick up shifts when they're offering incentive pay. I work all the time and a half holidays, work nights and weekends to maximize shift differential and work my ass off! It would be great to have one job where I could work 50 hrs or less and make 6 figures, but as a floor nurse, it's not in the cards.

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Jeannie89 has 3 years experience and works as a cna.

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WOW !! only 19.50? I have been a Cna at a LTC facility for 2 yrs in manhattan and I'm making 19$/hr. That seems so little for a rn to make no matter where you live. What are the RNs hourly rate, who are making 100k or more a yr ?

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ChristineN works as a RN.

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I have less than a year in the ER and I'm making $19.5/hr WHAT THE HELL am I doing wrong?!

You probably are working in a part of the country with a very low cost of living. When I was a new nurse I started out at $19.50/hr. It wasn't until I moved to another part of the country that I am now making $35/hr, plus very decent differentials. Last year I brought in over 80k.

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That's true, I work in the south and that's a pretty good starting rate for nurses in my area. I'm guessing that nurses in larger cities like Atlanta, Nashville, or Birmingham would make more though.

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EmergencyNrse has 17 years experience.

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Traveler!

>50.00/hr. Extra shifts...

Work 9 months (just 3 contracts) take 3months off for myself.

More than doubled my income and increased my vacation time by a factor of 5.

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ChristineN works as a RN.

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Traveler!

>50.00/hr. Extra shifts...

Work 9 months (just 3 contracts) take 3months off for myself.

More than doubled my income and increased my vacation time by a factor of 5.

Yeah, I forgot to mention that last year I could have made more if I didn't take 4 weeks of vacation.

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I know an lpn made $121,xxx according to her w2s. She worked ltc mornings and picked up plenty of overtime. She had a QA position, and she also worked the floor. Then she worked an agency Job, and her third job was working four days a month at another facility. Her starting pay was more than the seasoned RNsbecause she had extensive and I mean extensive knowledge of QA, infection control, wound care, MDS, and rehab. You name it, she is good at what she do. She also is the weekend administrator at one of the facilities as well.

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umcRN has 4 years experience.

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I have less than a year in the ER and I'm making $19.5/hr WHAT THE HELL am I doing wrong?!

Well, you have less than a year experience... :D

also depends on where you live, granted if you live in a lower cost of living place then you are spending less money on things like rent, food, bills etc, people in high cost of living areas have to make more to pay to live

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