posted on Dec, 27 2008 @ 01:47 PM
If you are a Registered Nurse, hospitals will pretty much kiss your a$$ to get you to work. I work Sunday and Monday, scheduled days, no overtime,
and get paid $34.00 an hr. ($22.00 an hr + $12.00 weekend shift diff.). If I pick up extra days by my choice, I get base pay until I hit 40 hrs.
Then I go into overtime. It's a sweet deal, and I'm going to ride this bull just as long as I can. (Been riding for 4 years so far.)
Some hospitals require a Friday, Saturday and Sunday schedule in order to get paid the way I do, and my organization has since changed the way the pay
schedule for new hires, but let us old farts grandfather in at the old rate.
For those of you who are out of work, laid off, whatever, let me tell you, if you have the appitude, the heart, the empathy for it, get into health
care. People are always going to be sick and they are going to require help. It may be physical therapy, Nursing, Occupational therapy, Medical
technician, phelebotomist, x-ray tech, but there is a market. And if Obama get his healthcare package passed, there is going to be a bigger
And guys, I became a Nurse back in the day when people thought all men who went into nursing were gay. I'm not gay, and most of the men who were in
nursing weren't gay. So, I don't care whether you've been working on Wall street, or on an assembly line in Detroit, there are other things you
can do. You just have to get in school.
Don't have the money? Folks, there are grants and scholarships out there that will let you get through without having to borrow money. All you have
to have is access to a computer and patience. Do NOT borrow money to go back to school. It's not necessary.
And trust me. I know it can be done. When I went through LPN school, and later RN school, I worked full time, until my last semester of RN school.
There was just too much too do. I didn't have much time to myself, but I managed to maintain a decent grade point average, meet and court my present
wife, and graduate on schedule.
AS an aside, my dad had been diagnosed with lung cancer during my last semester. The director of the nursing program encouraged me to drop our and
finish later. Her intentions were good. She feared I would be too distracted to pass boards. I refused. I was afraid my dad wouldn't live to see
me graduate. I was glad for my decsion. Had I waitd a year, my dad would not have been physically able to attend my graduation.
Everyone in my class, with the exception of one, (not me), passed their boards on the first try. That was 30 years ago. I married my wife two days
I've been nursing, all in all, 38 years, and have done every thing from ER to Home Health to ICU.
It's been one hell of a ride.
And it's a suggestion for those who are out of work for what ever reason