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Old 03-14-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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are RNs considered 'blue collar'?
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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Hello all, I am 36 yrs old going back to school in the fall for RN. I have read a lot of posts how new grads are having trouble finding jobs because of no experience. Should I go get my CNA and start working in a hospital to get hospital experience so that when I do graduate as an RN I have some experience working in a hospital setting
Don't do it. CNA is the worst job in the healthcare field; cleaning and wiping a$$ and the patients are so ungrateful, entitled, and difficult to work with. I did it and I absolutely loathed every second of it. It was the constant whining and complaining that the patients did all the time that I couldn't stand.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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In your opinion, what else other than RN would be a good field to go into
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:24 PM
 
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In your opinion, what else other than RN would be a good field to go into
I meant don't be a CNA.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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are RNs considered 'blue collar'?
Of course they are, just like cops.

An RN will never make a upper middle class income by themselves. Its a decent paying career without much education needed, will always increase in demand and you really dont make life or death decisions (everything is protocol). I personally think it is a great field to get into for the folks that like that type of work.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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In your opinion, what else other than RN would be a good field to go into
If you become an RN you can branch out into quite a few different areas. There are so many different areas in hospitals (ER, telemetry, cancer, ICU, ect) if you dont like one you could usually transfer. Then there are always nursing management and hospital management positions
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:31 PM
 
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With 31 years and shift work in a high COL area, I assure you I make an upper-middle income by the hour. Don't want to specify, but it's good.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:21 PM
 
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CRNA's may have "nurse" in their name, but they are much different than a regular floor nurse. In Iowa, CRNA's are making about $160K in small towns. With that income you can buy a $400K house, drive new cars, and take tropical vacations twice a year. (Sorry for the generalization, I know there are lots of variables). That sounds upper middle class to me.

On the other hand, floor nurses make about $60K here. This is not upper-middle class.

If two people making $60K have a family income of $120K, that might do it here in small town Iowa.

Side note: When I watch House Hunters on HGTV, I am amazed at the horrible houses people will pay $500K to live in. Here, $360K will get you this:

160 size 360K house picture by flip333 - Photobucket

I'm starting to think more and more middle class is defined by location more than income.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:37 PM
 
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I feel no one has really touched on this so here I am.

All nurses don't work in hospitals. As hospitals close,more and more nurses will be needed in nursing homes and home health. I believe the nursing home is worse than the hospital for nurses. A high patient load of 50 to pass meds to and do wound treatments,and supervise Cna's.
Most new grads are going to end up working in nursing homes,because of the aging population of baby boomers.
Most school ads talking about a shortage of nurses don't mention that fact,because they just want to take your money.

There isn't a nursing shortage. There IS a nursing glut. Too many nurses,not enough positions. I have heard of nurses working as nurses aides because they were unable to find a nursing position.

Be aware if you get an Adn you will be overlooked for jobs; those with Bsn degrees are prefered these days.. The higher degree is preferred because some nurses don't think that nurses don't look to professional with 2 year degrees. No other profession calls themselves professionals and have associate degrees.

I'm going to bring up the last point,and I'm not racist so please don't take it as such.
A lot of employers seem to prefer Filipino nurses. They even sponser them while new grads over in America get overlooked for jobs. I hear its because they have a great work ethic,but I believe the biggest factor is that most have advanced degrees. In any event,ask any nurses what's the ratio of Filipino nurses to American nurses in their hospital. I do like working with them. One helped me out a lot when I was getting bullied by an Lpn.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:45 PM
 
Location: southern california
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sure u can. when u r not nursing, u can buy small properties pay them off and get some more.
what u do after 430 pm is your business.
but u should never nurse bek u wana be rich u should nurse bek u wana make a difference and alleviate suffering.
anyway if you are worried about having enough money its not the size of the money bag its the holes in the bottom that need attention.
learning a trade should be #1 priority for anybody over 18 years old. forget university.
jr college or military vocational education certicate and license are great low cost avenues to get a trade, my favorite pick RN.
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