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Old 03-22-2012, 02:50 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Can a RN have the potential to make an upper middle class income?

Yes. As an RN with a BS degree in certain fields.
As an RN with an MSN - as a Nurse Practitioner 60-125$ depending on region

As an RN with a BSN and a degree in Health Care Administration

As an RN with a BA BS in anything working in insurance (after 2 or 3 years of Med - Surg experience)

If 40-50 is upper middle class to you, most places. If not, see above.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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In my hospital, close to Boston, a new grad starts at around $26/hr plus lousy shift diffs, BSN or not. I gather it's on the low end of things, including the poster who spoke about Chicago new grads. Now, it's a psych hospital. I don't know what a new grad would get at one of the big downtown hospitals, but I imagine it would be similar to the Chicago post. However, the big downtowners don't have to hire new grads so they might only do it if it's cheaper. People always do want to work with the big guns.
I think LPNs are largely in nursing homes and the prison/jail system, and the VA.. It's a shame because they usually have great clinical skills, but haven't be "educated" like a BSN (who usually has lousy clinical skills- it's the nature of the programs). Of course, if someone gets the LPN in under a year, they can be working and get the RN or BSN while making a decent living, and maybe getting their institution to kick in on tuition. One could do a lot worse than working in the VA system.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:57 PM
 
Location: middle of everywhere
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Reading any nurse thread is usually very depressing. I appreciate the advice though. I hope to get a position in a VA hospital (at some point) after I get my degree. If it's still tough out there for new grads, I'm going to apply to one of the military Nurse Corps. Hopefully I can stay healthy enough at be accepted. *worried*
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:19 AM
 
Location: None of your business
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Thank God I am no longer in health care. I am much, much, much, much, much happier. And did I say I am much happier?
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:33 PM
 
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If you mean joining the military as a nurse, know that there are age limits which differ from service to service, and some require a BSN (I think the Air Force, at least). There's always the Reserves, too, although they also have age limits, they are looser- at least Army is.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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Can a RN have the potential to make an upper middle class income?
Absolutely. I know nurses who make a high five to low six figures. It depends on your specialty and experience but it is doable.

I'm making over 60k a year five years into my nursing career and will just go up from here, especially as I increase my educational level.
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Old 03-28-2012, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Absolutely. I know nurses who make a high five to low six figures. It depends on your specialty and experience but it is doable.

I'm making over 60k a year five years into my nursing career and will just go up from here, especially as I increase my educational level.
So, it seems the key to having upper middle class income is getting a master's degree right? I am going for my BSN in nursing right now
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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College education is overrated and not worth the price.
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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College education is overrated and not worth the price.
Without it there is not much job prospects though
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Old 03-28-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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College education is overrated and not worth the price.
Way to stay on topic.
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