Thursday, January 25, 2007
More About MoneyI don't normally state plainly what country I'm blogging from following the closure of GeekNurse, although it's fairly easy to look up which is why I don't try too hard. Hence the ambiguity of my previous post on finances.
In that post I was out by quite a long way. Told you I was bad with money! I make $37 613 in US dollars before tax. I lose 25% in tax and a further 7% in student loan repayment, so by subtracting 32% we get the unhealthy net amount of $25 577 USD. This is after 8 years of clinical experience.
As you can see, it wouldn't be hard to do better on US RN wages, even taking cost of living into account. In fact, with rentals the way they are where I live, and with accommodation often provided for in travel nursing contracts, I'd probably be quite a bit better off. But I love my country, I love the way we practice intensive care here, and it's just not the right time. So I should stop complaining!
I can increase my earning slightly by 'upgrading' myself according to our hospital's mind-numbing grade system, which ranks how competent I am by asking me to produce a large body of 'evidence' and fill out a vast form. Sheer laziness on my part (and a certain amount of resentment at having to do it in the first place) has so far prevented me from complying.
If you don't mind disclosing, how about posting your own income from nursing (converted to USD) in the comments section? Here's a currency converter if you need one.
Posted by PaedsRN at 7:15 PM