"The BEST THING about nursing....besides the shortage "

  1. I used to think that warm and cuddly feeling I'd get when I relieved someone's suffering with a pain shot, or helped them get to the potty so they could pass gas.........was the "best thing" about nursing. A few years of management cured that.
    So, off I went to work agency, currently at $44 an hour here.
    I just woke up after nine consecutive shifts. Seven were 12 hour and two were 16 hour shifts. NET pay for 7 shifts = 92 hours= $3,286.93.
    Two of these weeks = a month in Paris in July.
    And, that, co-workers, IMHO, is the BEST thing about being a nurse.

    Ten of these would = a new SUV with NO monthly payments !
    (I'd better quit before I get crazy with "what ifs' ..."
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    Heh. Not me. I get paid less for NOT working the floors.

    Apparently my job as a nurse in a role outside of direct patient care isn't as "important."

    Sorry. I'm just crabby.
  4. by   RNonsense
    Holy Crap! You're making approx. $66/hr CDN!!!! I'm jealous.
  5. by   Shamrock
    I'm GREEN with envy and BTW, up for adoption!
  6. by   Tweety
    Kudos to you.

    I wish I liked money that much to work that hard, but I can barely do three 12s right now (definately not do three 12's in a row, and never ever, never ever do a double). What you've done would literally kill me. I work with nurses who work a rough week just to get five days off the next, not me. I like to read, play on the computer, go to yoga class, work out, too much to do.

    I need to work a little OT though, perhaps you can motivate me. But with all that money, I'm sending you my credit card bill.
  7. by   oramar
    If you can handle that much work, go for it. I actually know people that can work that much and not be bothered by it. Myself I could not do it. Would either kill myself or a patient.
  8. by   passing thru
    You all are all so funny ! Of course you don't have a life for those 9 days plus one to sleep all day when it is over.
    Nurses who work like this don't go to the grocery store, cook, pick up kids, etc. Most, either don't have kids or hubby does everything those days, including packing her lunch and doing any needed laundry.
    Nurses learn to eat well, no caffeine, no candy, etc. on a long stretch. On 16 hr. shift, you learn to do 75 % of the work on 3-11 and coast thru 11-7.
    Having the same patients for the majority of the long stretch simplifies it.
    Having a goal-- $7,000 in the bank for a month in Paris is motivating.
    And, there's agency nurses in large cities making $ 50 and $54 an hour now.
    Some large cities are really desperate.
    P.S. I know quite a few nurses who are working full time in two different hospitals......
    now that is unimaginable ! A year of working two full time jobsl
  9. by   FutureRN~Pookie
    Originally posted by oramar
    If you can handle that much work, go for it. I actually know people that can work that much and not be bothered by it. Myself I could not do it. Would either kill myself or a patient.

    LOL! At least you're honest! ~Kacy
  10. by   Disablednurse
    I did that. Worked doubles, OT, etc. It was great and I loved the money. My dh and I really got to like having the extra money. I never had time to take care of me, did not pay attention to my health because I had to work. Now I wish I could work. Don't work so much that you forget yourself. Take time for you and watch your health. It could catch up with you in the end.
  11. by   cactus wren
    The money is great !! But, to me, the best thing about doing agency is that when I want days off for any reason, just tell coord. that I`m "not available"....no begging or whinying necessary. I was so very burned out...now love my job, again.

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