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careers? Evelynns Mama! 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 1735 posts
18th Nov '12

I am wanting to start college next spring. I still have no idea WHAT I want to do.
So, I'm exploring my options.



Other than SAHM, which is AWESOME! What do you do for a living?
How much do you make? how much do you work? Do you love it?

the BEAST Wisconsin 15638 posts
18th Nov '12

I work in HR. I don't love it, but it's OK. I'd rather stay home with my kids but it's not an option. I make decent money and have good benefits. I work 40 hours/week and have flexible scheduling which is nice.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
18th Nov '12

Registered Nurse. I work L&D and LOVE it. I worked ICU and medical/surgical floor before that.. enjoyed that as well. Pyas well in my state, and I leave work every day knowing I made a difference.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
18th Nov '12

I'm a prek teacher. I work 37 hours a week through the school year. But preschool varies from state to State.



I don't make crap but what teacher goes into it for the $? Some states do pay prek teachers more. And all states require diff education. Some states ican teach up to third grade and others I can't be more than a daycare lead.

мɑkɑnɑni 1 angel baby; ~, FL, United States 65128 posts
18th Nov '12

I'm planning on pursuing nursing. There's a big demand for workers in the healthcare field and it's only expected to grow.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
18th Nov '12
Quoting snglemama:" Registered Nurse. I work L&D and LOVE it. I worked ICU and medical/surgical floor before that.. ... [snip!] ... floor before that.. enjoyed that as well. Pyas well in my state, and I leave work every day knowing I made a difference."


Oh.. I make about $31 an hour (plus shift differencial, charge diff, bonuses) and I work 40 hours a week depending on the census. If we don't have enough patients... they put me on call and I make less per money (or I fill in with vacation time) I get 6 weeks vacation a year, so that's ok. They can put me on call up to 15 days a year.

Crazyhazel89 1 child; Erie, Pennsylvania 3994 posts
18th Nov '12

I'm an ortho assistant..work 40 hours a week...don't love it but don't hate it. I would love to stay home with my daughter all day but i hate just barely making it by on my SOs paychecks (that and he used to throw it in my face..."well it's my money" blah blah blah) it stresses me out a little because I am still learning things and I hate feeling like i've fucked up. i get no health insurance which i thought is weird...but every year or 6 months i can qualify for a raise...i dont have to work holidays...i have a good 401k. ummmm...i dont know if i will be there forever...but i am trying hard. I think I am going to try to get into the post office though...you can make bankkkkk there! seriously my dad is a mailman and makes 70k a year..

Evelynns Mama! 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 1735 posts
18th Nov '12
Quoting lolajessup:" I'm a prek teacher. I work 37 hours a week through the school year. But preschool varies from state to ... [snip!] ... And all states require diff education. Some states ican teach up to third grade and others I can't be more than a daycare lead."


Serious question, do teachers get paid for summer/winter/spring breaks??

Commander Shepard 18 kids; Jacksonville, Florida 6447 posts
18th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting snglemama:</b>" Oh.. I make about $31 an hour (plus shift differencial, charge diff, bonuses) and I work 40 hours a ... [snip!] ... (or I fill in with vacation time) I get 6 weeks vacation a year, so that's ok. They can put me on call up to 15 days a year."</blockquote>




Is nursing hard emotionally? I have wanted to go into nursing but I keep telling myself I couldn't do it because I'm too emotional. Is it really hard if something happens to a patient?

Brianna Hebert 34 kids; Alberta 165 posts
18th Nov '12

im a SAHM to and i plan to go to school next sept for massage theropy its a 2 year course that i will be doing mostly from home with 1 weeks a month of actual classes. its a great job because i can be my own boss and work out of my home. being able to pick my own hours will me awsome so i can still be very involved in my kids lives (school events, sports ect)

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
18th Nov '12
Quoting Commander Shepard:" <blockquote><b>Quoting snglemama:</b>" Oh.. I make about $31 an hour (plus shift ... [snip!] ... but I keep telling myself I couldn't do it because I'm too emotional. Is it really hard if something happens to a patient?"


It's not easy.. but that's ok too. I am very emotional. I had to come to terms with the fact that it's OK to be upset when my patients are hurting. Yes, it cam be emotional... but when things are bad, my patients need me even more. Some of the most meaningful moments I've had as a nurse were sad, emotional times. but.. I cherish those moments. And.. there are many more happy moments than sad ones.



ALso.. hate to say it. you do get conditioned to it some. I hope to never become hardened to the point it doesn't effect me. But... if a baby dies.. and I cry with the mom- no one will think less of me. But... the number of babies I help welcome into the world, or recuscitate is much higher than the ones who don't make it.

Commander Shepard 18 kids; Jacksonville, Florida 6447 posts
18th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting snglemama:</b>" It's not easy.. but that's ok too. I am very emotional. I had to come to terms with the fact that it's ... [snip!] ... me. But... the number of babies I help welcome into the world, or recuscitate is much higher than the ones who don't make it."</blockquote>




I guess I'm just afraid that if I am being emotional it might affect my ability to do my job. I still have to start college. How did you go about becoming an RN?

Crazyhazel89 1 child; Erie, Pennsylvania 3994 posts
18th Nov '12
Quoting snglemama:" It's not easy.. but that's ok too. I am very emotional. I had to come to terms with the fact that it's ... [snip!] ... me. But... the number of babies I help welcome into the world, or recuscitate is much higher than the ones who don't make it."

omg....i thought about going into nursing when i was looking at schools....and i decided not to go to school to be a nurse because i was so emotional! there is no way that i could be around when a baby died....i would be a blubbering idiot....seriously.

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
18th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Evelynns Mama!:</b>" Serious question, do teachers get paid for summer/winter/spring breaks??"</blockquote>



It all depends on where you work, the companies policies, and/or how you are contracted.



For example my mom teaches 6th grade. She gets a yearly salary. She can choose to get her checks spread out evenly through the year including summers or just during the school year. She chooses all year. But some people who er summer jobs choose to do school year so their checks are bigger.



Preschool teachers are not treated good in MI so I get no benefits except after I was at my job for a year I qualified for 30 sick and 30 vacation hours as well as 4 paid holidays. Crap really. But it's better than no job.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
20th Nov '12
Quoting Christina Getty:" omg....i thought about going into nursing when i was looking at schools....and i decided not to go to ... [snip!] ... i was so emotional! there is no way that i could be around when a baby died....i would be a blubbering idiot....seriously."


last night I was a blubbering idiot. It happens sometimes I guess. I had a fetal demise induction. Was sad. I spent 8 hours talking to her.. then was there for the delivery. : (